Chopin for Beginners

(1810 - 1849)

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The romantic prince of piano literature, Poland's proud artist Chopin, is perhaps one of the most talked about characters in classical music. Even more than Mozart if the guess is right!

So what could cause us to internalize Chopin so much? Of course, romantic compositions embroidered like lace.

Apart from the compositions that come to mind for almost everyone, there are treasures lost in the crowd. I will try to introduce the composer with a Chopin selection that you have not heard before.

Of course, I choose for the unfamiliar and amateur ears of classical music, but Chopin's indigestible works are almost non-existent. By producing melodies that appeal to the soul and the ear, he has succeeded in becoming a composer that all of my segments come to visit.

Preludes - Opus 28

As the name suggests, miniatures are written in short characters but worth a jewel. Although the famous "raindrops" prelude has a performance length of 7 minutes, the 24 preludes are generally composed of works lasting 1 to 2 minutes. I will share two preludes for amateur ears, as the works are quite short, but enough to taste Chopin's melodic richness.

The prelude number 4 describes a growing sadness, while the number 19 describes a childlike enthusiasm.

Mazurkas

The most important feature of the genre, which is decorated with local Polish Folk Dance melodies, is that it is the most composed by Chopin. Chopin, who composed more than fifty mazurkas, brought international recognition to Mazurka by reflecting his melodic richness in his works.

It is quite difficult for me to choose between works that are the “pearls of the piano”. I have to choose two works; Opus 33/4 and Opus 17/4. These two recordings were played with a period instrument, an Erard piano made in 1849.

nocturnes

Deep, melancholic and elegant. Nocturnes, one of Chopin's most preferred compositions, perhaps have the greatest share in the composer's recognition. Opus 32/1 and Opus 48/2 are the two works I have chosen for you. If we are talking about Parisian salon music culture and elegance, let's hear a dream poured into melodies.

Waltzes

“My waltzes are not for dancing!” warns the Polish composer. These wonderful works are not of the kind that allow this. I will choose two works.

The first is Opus 34/2, which Chopin presented to his friend Heller as "my favorite waltz". The piece, also known as the Melancholic Waltz, has a sad beginning. At the end of the work, the expected light of hope is heard. Let the result be a surprise.

The second work is the Opus 69/2 waltz, which was published posthumously. The work answers the question of how a joy can be melancholic with notes.

2. Piano Concerto

Do not hesitate to recommend concerto for amateur ears, because if you have listened to some of the above works, you will have an idea about Chopin's harmonic weight. It is enough to listen only the first part of this wonderful concerto.

After these posts, my first advice to those who are curious about Chopin is to take a look at the ballads before the piano concertos. Especially Opus 23.

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