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I am a musician and writer and have a longstanding interest in history and the people of history. My interest in cemeteries was heightened during two trips to Europe.|
Last year, I visited four different cemeteries in Paris: Passy, Montparnasse, Montmartre, and Pere Lachaise. This was the second time I had been to Pere Lachaise.
I was particularly interested in visiting the graves of famous composers and musicians. I had my CD player with me, and I listened to their music in the presence of that person's grave.
They include: Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, Camille Saint-Saens, Hector Berlioz, Jacques Offenbach, Leo Delibes, Georges Bizet, Frederic Chopin, and Edith Piaf. Yes, I also visited Jim Morrison's grave.
Listening to these people's music in the presence of their graves created within me a stronger bond with them and their music, even now as I continue to play their music, get to know other works they have produced, and think about their place in society, in posterity. Also, I think of them and their music in relation to the city of Paris, where they lived, worked, wrote their music, and died. I think of Paris, I think of them and their music; I listen to their music, and I think of Paris and all those places I went and saw.
Besides musicians, the cemetaries also have many famous writers, poets, painters, sculptors, politicians, and other people who have contributed to Paris, some helped design the city of Paris.
I also found it interesting that people often leave notes to the deceased person and sometimes quote a favorite line or passage from the person's work. It shows, among other things, how these people and their work continue to affect people's lives today.
I have also visited the Central Cemetery in Vienna where famous composers--Beethoven, Sc