On July 15, at the St. Panteleimon Hospital of the First Medical Association of Lviv, the soloist of the Lviv Organ Hall Andriy Makarevych played a piece of music written only for the left hand. Such a musical performance became a symbol of the indomitability of art in the conditions of war.
The musical piece was created by the Ukrainian composer Serhii Bortkevych a hundred years ago specifically for the world-famous pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right hand during the First World War. Therefore, the concerto is written for piano only for the left hand.
“Dramatic events in the life of Paul Wittgenstein led to the birth of a whole direction in classical music, gave him the opportunity to start a musical career in a new way. The program of the “Nezlamni” rehabilitation center is also designed to help traumatized people to be reborn, to give them a new chance in life. Our goal resonates very much with the story of Paul Wittgenstein,” said director of the organ hall, Ivan Ostapovych, during the event.
Performances with this work after the First World War were held with great success all over the world. The concerts proved that even artists crippled by the war are capable of creating. The musical piece became a symbol of art in wartime conditions.
Today, this melody is also relevant for Ukraine. It was played at the hospital as part of today’s signing of the agreement on cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union in the medical field.
A piano concert in this hospital will take place every day from 12:00 to 13:00 at the initiative of the Lviv Organ Hall.