Category Archive for 'Mazurkas'

Images from “Chopin’s Europe” courtesy Hanna Komarnicki

Fryderyk Chopin composed his Mazurka in A Minor Opus 7 No. 2 in Poland though it was published later, in France. We know this because an early version of it was discovered in …

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Ancient trees at Nohant Manor from "Chopin's Europe" courtesy Hanna Komarnicki

The first of this group of three mazurkas, in the key of …

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"In his Mazurkas, you get to know the very soul of Poland and Chopin never forgot his home land or the poor farmers singing the Mazurkas during the time of harvest." All right, the Piano Society's prose on Chopin's 58 Mazurkas may be a bit purple, but it does appear that the Mazurkas are close to Chopin's Polish soul. Esteemed pianist and scholar Charles Rosen has also declared the Mazurkas as Chopin's "R & D Lab" - where

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

A Country in the Moon, by Michael Moran
Independent – London,England,UK

Review declares Michael Moran’s new book about Poland to be an “absorbing, exasperating and ultimately rewarding travelogue.”

Moran emerges from these pages as

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

André Laplante: Piano virtuoso and artist
Barre Montpelier Times Argus – Barre,VT,USA

Previewing his appearance in the Vermont capital, Quebec pianist shares his approach to Chopin:

André’s first point was that Chopin (1810-1849) was

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Chopin News, Previews, and Reviews….

Answering Bach’s Call With Color and Stamina
New York Times – United States

Chinese pianist Xiayin Wang impresses at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall…

Even for the most gifted young pianist, it takes a lot to be

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Today’s Yundi Li Installment:

Yundi Li, pianist
Financial Times – London,England,UK

From the Financial Times, Yundi Li shares his fashion faves:

I wore this today because it’s comfortable but tonight (in Hong Kong to accept the South China Morning Post

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Belbin, Agosto taking a classical approach
Boston Globe – United States

Chopin turns out to be the missing ingredient in the ice-dancing tandem’s Quest for Gold….

[Tanith] Belbin and [Ben] Agosto are the most successful

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Chopin Video of the Day:

Kurikinton Fox – F.Chopin – fantasy impromptu in Guitar!!!

Not bad at all!

This is Fantasy Impromptu AKA Gino’s piece. These guys did this in g-tar…Amazing:D.
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Kicking against convention: a scene from The Concert, a clever and
This is London – London,England,UK

Another one of Jerome Robbins’ famous interpretations of Chopin, from the New York City Ballet performance at the London Coliseum….(be sure to read

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Pianist’s intense preparation and talent have brought him global
Schenectady Gazette – Schenectady,NY,USA

Another preview for the current recital tour of 2000 Chopin Competition winner Yundi Li, who’ll play Sunday March 16th at …

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Pianist Alfred Brendel to give his final Chicago performance

Chicago Tribune – United States

On his farewell tour of the USA, pianist Alfred Brendel is not in the mood to second-guess his repertory choices over …

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Chopin News, Previews, Rants, and Reviews:

New award recognizes contribution to the arts
Mississauga News – Ontario, Canada

Some true Chopin 2010 Information…

“Hollywood has its Oscars and Mississauga has its Freddys.
Mayor Hazel McCallion accepted the first Freddy in …

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Arthur Greene plays
As Chopin Project Artistic Director Arthur Greene heads off to Novi Sad, Serbia, to judge and perform in the Isidor Bajic Memorial Competition, he leaves us a taste of his masterful Chopin interpretation with this performance of the …

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Chopin Performance of the Day: A Chopin Rarity from Chopin Project Artistic Director Arthur Greene:

“The Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9 No. 2 comes from around 1830, -after Chopin had left Warsaw forever. But the version I’m playing here has

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Diavolo to defy the laws of physics Saturday

Preview of Telluride appearance by innovative LA Dance Troupe incorporating Chopin into their latest show: “Diavolo is comprised of dancers, gymnasts, actors and rock climbers who

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Chopin Commentary, News, Reviews, & Previews

Answers to Reader Questions

Celebrated neurologist and author Oliver Sacks responds to New York Times’ readers queries about “amusic” migraine auras. Sacks recounts a passage from his best-selling book “Musicophilia…”
New York

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St. Petersburg Ballet pirouettes into the PAC

Well-written review from the UM-St. Louis student paper giving high marks and providing good context for the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater performance….”The program opened with one of the …

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Byron Janis Celebrates 80th Birthday 3/10 in Concert with Hensley

Celebrated Chopin interpreter (and more recently, composer of Broadway songs) Byron Janis is set to present two shows – celebrating his 80th birthday (and

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Chopin Mazurkas The Mazurkas, like the Polonaises, are the compositions closest to Chopin’s Polish roots. In fact, many Chopin scholars say the Mazurkas are Chopin at his most personal, experimental, and confessional: In his Mazurkas, you get to know

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