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Playlist for 21st March – Chopin’s Dances

2010 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Polish composer Frederic Chopin.  This is the first of three shows that I will be doing to showcase his music.  In this show I am going to be playing Chopin music related to dance forms.

Brief Biography of Chopin (from the Chopin Society)

He made his debut in 1818, playing a concerto by Gyrowetz. In 1824 he entered the Warsaw Conservatory. He premiered his own F minor and E minor Concerti in Warsaw in March and October of 1830. Late in that same year, he left Poland forever. He lived and performed in Vienna for eight months and in 1831 arrived in Paris, where he played his F minor Concerto and the La’ ci darem Variations early in 1832. After 1835, his appearances as a concert pianist were infrequent.

In 1837 he entered into his celebrated liaison with the writer George Sand, which ended in 1846. His main source of income was teaching. He gave his last recital in Paris early in 1848, and later that year arrived in Great Britain. He died in Paris in 1849. At his funeral, which was held at the Madeleine, Mozart’s Requiem was given.

He is buried at Pere-Lachaise, where, according to legend, there has never been a day when flowers were not placed on his grave.

Chopin’s influence, pianistically and harmonically, spans two centuries, from Liszt to Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, to Debussy, Granados, and Szymanowski. His mazurkas and polonaises let loose a flood tide of ethnicity in music, which is having an impact even today.This delicate, ethereal being created, in the words of George Sand, “a revolution in the language of musicand with only one instrument.”

Grande Valse Brilliante in D Maj op. 18 – Vivo (arranged for Cello and Piano by Peter Wispelwey)
Contredanse – Op.A1 No.4 – in Gb (BI 17)
Écossaise – Op.posth.72 No.3a – in D
Écossaise – Op.posth.72 No.3b – in G
Écossaise – Op.posth.72 No.3c – in Db
Tarantelle – Op.43 – in Ab
Valse – Op.34 No.2 – in Am
07. VALSE(Op.64 No 2 in C#m) – Les Sylphides (orchestral arrangement by Rot Douglas)
Mazurka No.2 – Op.6 No.2 – in C#m
Mazurka No.17 – Op.24 No.4 – in Bbm
Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante – Op. 22 – Grande Polonaise brillante – Scherzo- Molto vivace
Polonaise – Op.40 No.2 – in Cm
Valse – Op.posth.69 No.1 – in Ab (L’adieu) (BI 95)