November, 1926, Friday 19

Didn’t practise piano to-day, but went round to a dozen shops in town, handing window cards of Mám’s recital. It was excruciating. Saw that Bernard Shaw did not accept the Nobel Prize; he gave it as a fund for the translation of Swedish works into…

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November, 1926, Sunday 28

By means of a miniature printing set, I printed tickets for Mám before dinner for her raffling of pictures for the School of Music bazaar on Dec 17 and 19. It is a terrible work and nuisance for poor Mám, especially in view of her…

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December, 1926, Wednesday 1

Great day of concert. By a special favour of God’s goodness, Mám slept really well and was very fresh in the morning. From 9-1 I worked in Clarence Hall, lugging in the chairs, arranging them in rows, numbering and lettering them, then with countless odds…

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December, 1926, Sunday 19

Sophia stayed with us last night. Not having been to bed till 2, we all slept out till 12 Mass at Cathedral. There was a wonderful practice for the Christmas celebrations – Schubert’s Mass which Páp is doing with 8 in band and over 80…

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December, 1926, Tuesday 24

At last Xmas Eve has arrived. It has approached subconsciously, so that I felt a shock when it was there, and found it hard to awaken the ‘Stimmung’ [atmosphere, mood] of old times. Then those two days were held sacred by me and I walked…

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