For Sunday’s Sermon: Chopin’s Tristesse

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on August 26, 2021

In Sunday’s sermon, I’m going to tell a story about a young marine in Vietnam who listened to a music box to help him cope with the horrors of the war going on around him. The music box played a piece of music by Frédéric Chopin. The piece is usually called Tristesse, which means “sadness,” though I read somewhere that Chopin himself never called it that.


Instead of writing this week, I thought I’d share a link to the music. You can find it here. This recording is just beautiful and includes multiple instrumental voices. There are also quotations from Chopin on the video itself, but I have no idea if they’re really from him or not.


I hope you enjoy it, and I’ll see you Sunday.


God’s Peace,