A tombeau is a musical tombstone. It is a tribute. An ode. Traditionally the tombeau did not contain expressive elements of mourning, although they would use omnapoetic devices symbolizing fate knocking or the soul transcending into heaven. All of the modern tombeaus are modeled after Baroque or earlier time periods style characteristics.
My piano teacher passed away on Saturday night. I found out on Sunday. I’ve been trying to process this knowledge all this week. It’s not that her death was unexpected. Far from it, she’s been fighting cancer for the last three years. And yet, it still hurts so bad. I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today without this woman. She shaped my musical life and through that my life path. I want to teach music because of the love of music that she instilled in me.
I only hope that my life can be a living ode to her memory. I will never forget her or anything she taught me.