Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chopin - Ballade No. 3, Op. 47 (1841)

This ballade is dedicated to Pauline de Noailles. The inspiration for this Ballade is usually claimed to be Adam Mickiewicz’s poem Undine, but sometimes reported to be Mickiewicz’s Świtezianka; There are structural similarities with the “Raindrop Prelude” which was inspired by the weather in Majorca during Chopin’s disastrous vacation with George Sand. These include a repetitive A-flat which modulates into a repetitive G-sharp during the C-sharp minor section.

Performed by Van Cliburn

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chopin - Nocturne Op. 15 No. 1

Performed by Daniel Barenboim

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. Frédéric Chopin
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

classicalliterature:

Chopin - Ballade No. 4, Op. 53

Piano - Alexei Sultanov

Chopin’s grave in France

Chopin’s grave in France

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. Frédéric Chopin
Sunday, October 30, 2011
The Official Bulletin declared that the Poles should be as proud of me as the Germans are of Mozart; obvious nonsense. Frédéric Chopin
Rest place of Chopin’s heart in Warsaw, Poland

Rest place of Chopin’s heart in Warsaw, Poland

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Chopin - Nocturne No. 21 Op. posth

Performed by Claudio Arrau

Chopin’s rubato possessed an unshakeable emotional logic. It always justified itself by a strengthening or weakening melodic line, by exaggeration or affectation. Karol Mikuli, Chopin’s pupil

Chopin - Impromptu Op. 29 No. 1 in A-flat major

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chopin Deathbed photos?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Chopin - Prelude Op. 28 No. 16

Played by Martha Argerich

Friday, June 10, 2011

Chopin - Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minorOp. posth. 66

Played by Vladimir Horowitz