Questions for Frederic Rzewski

Frederic Rzewski by Eleonore Schönmaier 2012

Frederic Rzewski April 13, 1938- June 26, 2021

I was fortunate to have met him.

He was generous in answering my questions about social class, love, joy and more.

His music will live on always (see videos and documentary below).

Frederic Rzewski 2015
Photo by Eleonore Schönmaier



winter months

of insomnia

Frederic inks

three nocturnes

hoping sleep will

reach him like a gift

dropped through

the mail slot

like a feather

fallen from a

blue wing, like the

memory of the sunset 

slipping through

the late evening blinds

like the midnight

train where the two single

men, the couple,

the family with children

all have their

eyes shut, a few soft

snores and Frederic

with his head

against the window

also falls away

from the world

as he hurtles 

toward a destination

whose address he

often fails to find

(from Dust Blown Side of the Journey McGill-Queen’s University Press).

You can watch Frederic perform his three nocturnes Winter Nights (2014) at his home in Brussels earlier this year here.