Monday, March 01, 2010

200 years on for Chopin

from w
Two hundred years ago a little boy was born in Poland to a Polish mother and a French father, to grow up to be a wonderful composer of piano music, the kind of music every child who learns classical music, will know well as it is in the accepted repertoire. Frederick Chopin's compositions were written primarily for the piano as solo instrument. Though technically demanding, they emphasize emotion rather than sheer virtuosity. Chopin invented the instrumental ballade and made innovations in the piano sonata, mazurka, waltz, nocturne, polonaise, étude, impromptu and prélude. I probably have played more Chopin than any other classical composer, and even with old fingers the music is still manageable.



Blogger annie said...

I do love Chopin. My mother use to play him on our piano when I was a very small child-- and I suppose she played him while she carried me. So that meant his music was with me from my beginning.


4:41 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Hello Annie,
I was playing some Chopin pieces this morning much to the annoyance of someone trying to read and write, and I could only play the Minutes Waltz in two and a half minutes!

12:24 AM  

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