Topics: José Rizal, Germany, Heidelberg Pages: 4 (876 words) Published: June 20, 2012
RIZAL Chapter7-Paris to Berlin

Chapter 7
Paris to Berlin (1885-87)

  Rizal went to Paris and Germany in order to specialize in ophthalmology.   He chose this branch because he wanted to cure his mother’s eye ailment.

In Gay Paris (1885-86)

  After studying at the Central University of Madrid, Rizal, who was then 24 yrs old, went to Paris to acquire more knowledge in ophthalmology.   Maximo Viola – a medical student and a member of a rich family of San Miguel, Bulacan   Señor Eusebio Corominas – editor of La Publicidad

  Don Miguel Morayta – owner of La Publicidad and a statesman   Rizal gave Editor Corominas (an article on the Carolines Question)   November 1885 – Rizal was living in Paris
  He worked as an assistant to Dr. Louis de Weckert, a leading French ophthalmologist.   Juan Luna – great master of the brush; Rizal helped him by posing as model in Luna’s paintings. 1.    “The Death of Cleopatra” – where Rizal posed as an Egyptian priest 2.    “The Blood Compact” – Rizal posed as Sikatuna

Rizal as Musician

  Rizal had no natural aptitude for music, and this he admitted. He studied music only because many of his schoolmates at Ateneo were taking music lessons.   He told Enrique Lete that he “learned the solfeggio, piano, and voice culture in one month and a half”.   He is also a flutist.

  Some of his compositions are:
  Alin Mang Lahi (Any Race) – a pariotic song which asserts that any race aspires for freedom   La Deportacion (Deportation) – a sad danza, composed in Dapitan

In Historic Heidelberg

  February 3, 1886 – Rizal arrived in Heidelberg, a historic city in Germany famous for its old university and romantics surroundings.   He became popular among the Germans because they found out that he was a good chess player.   He worked at the University Eye Hospital under the direction of Dr. Otto Becker, distinguished German ophthalmologist.

“To the Flowers of Heidelberg”

  April 22, 1886 – Rizal wrote a...
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