Music is an important part of every culture, especially in New Orleans. However, before Jazz took over, classical piano was extremely popular. Mademoiselle Riesz's music in The Awakening shows the importance of music on a personal level as it played a big part in Edna's awakening in Chopin's famous novella.
Mademoiselle Reisz's Song
Expert fingers glide
‘cross the ivory plane.
Each key discovers new passion.
One by one, opens every lock
Protecting her guarded heart.
The final note rings deep,
A single tear rolls down her cheek.
In the crowd surrounding, she remains isolate.
Alone with the lingering melody,
The only one in the room worth playing for.