Grazia Robiati Crespi
Robiati used to acknowledge in his books the
persons that, in one way or another, had collaborated
with him, by giving precious suggestions, going
over the text from a linguistic point of view,
he himself having done technical studies. At
the end you can read: " Thanks to my daughter
Maria Grazia for the numerous typing of the
present myself: I am that Maria Grazia who played
the role of his secretary for several years.
Apart from the books, father wrote many, many
letters to journalists and men of culture and
many newspaper articles: he would pass me the
rough copies and often he would read them to
me before asking me to type them up, just to
have my "That's fine" and I felt proud
because usually he accepted my observations.
In my father's archives there is a file of letters
sent to personalities of culture, politics and
the religious world with the corresponding replies
which, according to me, represent a heritage
of great cultural interest.
have had many interesting opportunities to travel
with my father and I remember the last presentation
of his book "Ricordi, Immagini, Pensieri"
in Bucchianico (CH) where Tinari publishers
took care of the graphics, the print and presented
him by professor Michele Ursini.
was through my father that I came to know the
"Circle of Poets and Artists of Monza and
Brianza" directed by the poetess Maria
Organtini because that was the year that father
presented his book "Gli Otto Veli"
to Professor Pier Franco Bertazzini and from
1991 I became part of the Board of Directors
as the person responsible for the music section
and still am today.
is to my father that I owe for my passion for
music. When we children were little and living
in Asmara (Eritrea) he got us to listen to all
sorts of music from classical to jazz, from
popular music to Neapolitan, and he introduced
us to musical instruments; my sister Anna Maria
and me to the piano and Vittorio to the violin.
remember him saying that no other art enobles
and idealizes like music and that I should abandon
myself to the listening as I would to the flattery
of a lover. He was right and, more than ever,
as an adult, can I say that music penetrates
within us, awakens memories, revives hope, intoxicates
father joined the Bahà'ì Community
he would often recite to me: "With music
we have made a ladder for souls to reach the
kingdom of the heavens
he has passed on, I often listen to the musical
pieces he enjoyed _ Nocturnes by Chopin, Schubert's
Unfinished Symphony - and closing my eyes I
have the sensation of actually being on that
ladder and as I go up I perceive in my heart
all his love.
is like a visible, strong link that connects
me with him and his 'world'. I will never forget
when he told me that music accompanies us in
all life's events and man must always turn to
it when he wants to augment pleasure or dull
Grazia was born in Eritrea where she completed
returned to Italy in 1962.
now lives in Monza. She worked for many years
as a company secretary and then dedicated her
time to her family. She married Marco Crespi,
chemist and pharmacologist. They have brought
up superbly two children Roberto and Daniela.