I heard this on the radio this morning – must admit that my wife and I both shed a tear or two. Both our mothers had alzheimers.
This is from Nick Harvey in England. His father, Paul, a former music teacher, who now has dementia, is given four notes by his son from which to improvise a piece of music.
The result is hauntingly beautiful and captures, I think, the tragedy of someone losing their mind alongside a reminder of the intrinsic dignity and humanity of each human life.
The reaction has been such that the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra are going to record the piece with Paul Harvey.