Tuesday, June 29, 1976. I was 22 years old. In the evening I sat down at the piano to play a short, simple piece—only 21 measures long—by Franz Liszt. It was the andantino in F-major from the 5 Klavierstücke. Composed in 1876, it is a gentle and quiet song based upon a brief two-measure theme.

The next day my father was scheduled to undergo major heart surgery.

The following day he died.