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 a bit of a twist. There are some scores of Chopin’s works that he marked up for his piano students, and they’ve been a fascinating find for musicologists. You can see where he marked things on the scores, adding fingerings and other instructions for his students. And in some of them Chopin added extra notes – and even little cadenzas! So if you know this beloved Nocturne, listen extra closely, and you’ll hear some things that aren’t usually there.”
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Click the Piano to hear Arthur Greene perform Chopin’s Nocturne in E-flat Op. 9 No. 2 (original cadenzas) in concert at Britton Recital Hall at the University of Michigan.

Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Chopin’s birthday anniversary concert

Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky performs tonight in Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Hall… – Warsaw,Poland
The National Chopin Institute, the organizer of the concert, has also mounted an exhibition of the composer’s memorabilia at the city’s Chopin Society.
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Alexandre Thaurad shows imagination on piano pieces by Chopin and Mompou…

Praise from critic Scott Cantrell for new Harmonia Mundi CD filled with Chopin-inspired companion pieces by Spanish composer Federico Mompou. “A fine pianist, Mr. Tharaud serves up not hothouse Chopin but red-blooded stuff.But a sonorous tone and definite point of view don’t make for heavy-handedness or affectation. Add warm, natural sonics and you’ve got a real winner.”

Dallas Morning News – Dallas,TX,USA
SURPRISE FILLER: Chopin’s 24 Preludes, the big placeholder here, take about 40 minutes. How then to fill out a 75-minute CD? The young French pianist
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Pianist playing at Sheldon

Another preview of Tadeusz Majewski’s recital: “From his studies at Chopin Lyceum in Krakow to the Chopin Society in the Twin Cities, Majewski has made Chopin an essential companion,” spokesmen said.

Republican Eagle – Red Wing,MN,USA
World-renowned pianist Tadeusz Majewski will perform an evening of Chopin favorites and Beethoven classics at 7 pm March 8 at the Sheldon Theatre.
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Goodbye, fancy dress costumes … Elton says he’s too old for

Elton John reminisces about his outlandish costumes over the years….
“They both roared with laughter, and Elton grinned ruefully: “To me, I thought I was Chopin. But everyone else in the world thinks I’m Marie Bloody Antoinette. That could be the story of my life!”

Daily Mail – UK
It was bloody Chopin!” LEFT: Fancy pants, boots and a blue biker jacket. RIGHT: Tartan overload for a stroll around town They both roared with laughter,
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Chopin in the Blogosphere:

Ashkenazy plays Chopin

Chopin Birthday blog posting featuring a quote by George Sand and a performance by Vladimir Ashkenazy:

Today would have been Frédéric Chopin‘s 198th birthday. “His music was spontaneous, miraculous. He found it without seeking, without previous intimation of it. It came upon his piano sudden, complete, sublime, or it sang in his head
Sapiens Tribune – liberal arts blog –

Javier Bardem, Buckeye State & Frédéric Chopin
Topic: Javier Bardem. Today in History: Buckeye State, Cornhusker State, Yellowstone. Birthdays: Frédéric Chopin, Ralph Ellison, Yitzhak Rabin. Today’s Highlights –

Frederic Chopin

Another birthday blog posting: “Towards the end of Frederic Chopin’s life, he was rumored to have a lavish and promiscuous distinction – which led my militant 100-pound piano teacher to give me the above-the-reading-glasses-glare, then with pursed lips declare “Never play Chopin at church.”

He also has his own Asteroid – “3784 Chopin”.

By rabidrunner(rabidrunner)
Frederic Chopin, composer and piano virtuoso extraordinaire lived from 1810 to 1849. He was born to Nicolas Chopin, a French immigrant and a Polish mother, Tekla Justyna Krzyżanowska. Frederic Chopin lived only 39 years.
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Chopin’s Birthday Fic: Cake

Some Chopinesque fiction to celebrate this day….

By Lilith(Eternal Sonata / Trusty Bell: Chopin’s Dream)
Pairing: Polka/Chopin Notes: This takes place somethime during “Preludes”, which is ten years after the main story. Chopin has not aged in that time due to being dead. Frederic looked at the calendar and groaned. Just one more day…
Eternal Sonata –

Chopin Videos:

Novi singers – F.Chopin – mazurek F op.64 n4

Charming Swingle Swingers – like video vocalise of a Chopin Mazurka!

By (aqua137)
Author: avatar aqua137 Tags: novi chopin Posted: 29 February 2008 Rating: 5.0 Votes: 3.
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