Chopin Nocturnes

        I like various sorts of music, from easy listening to pop to jazz, sacred, and broadway musicals.  Among the Classical composers, though, I keep coming back to Chopin.  Whenever I hear his music, whether in a car or in a crowded party scene, everything stops around me.  There is just something about his glorious melancholia that haunts me whenever I hear it. 

        I keep trying to do him justice in my own playing, especially the Nocturnes.  My favorites include No.1 (Bb minor), No. 2 (Eb Major), No. 6 (C# minor), No.7 (Db Major), No. 13 (C minor), and No. 14 (F# minor).  Anyone else out there fascinated by the music of Chopin, especially at this 200th observation of his birthday in 1810?

 

Christopher T.

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5 Responses Mar 5, 2010

Yes, I feel the same way. The other Classical music masters are great, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky. But Chopin's music just draws me in like no other. Yes it's hauntingly beautiful. <br />
As I type this I'm listening to Piano Concerto No. 1, I. Allegro Maestoso. <br />
I also want to add how surprisingly fitting it was at the end of the movie Prometheus, as the end credits rolled across the screen, they played 08-Prelude No. 15, Op. 28. Some people may have thought it was weird. I thought it was perfectly beautiful.

A wonderful and fairly recent use of Chopin in film is at the end of THE PIANIST (2002 WWII film). Going back to the late '70s there was a striking use of Chopin's Aeolian Etude (Ab Major) at the rolling of the credits to THE TURNING POINT (starring Anne Bancroft and Shirley McClaine). Of course, his music has understandably turned up in countless films, but these are two particularly good examples, in addition to PROMETHEUS.

Thanks for your thoughts. Christopher.

I like Chopin on MIDI.

Well, if you head to Poland for the Chopin Festival, you won't feel so rare then :)

I love Op. 62 No. 2, and I have played Op. 15 No. 2 in F# Major. Both are so typically Chopinesque, so melancholy and lyrical. I know what you mean about the impossibility of choosing "favorites"; which- ever one I'm currently working on tends to become my favorite, until I try a new one or go back to one I worked on perhaps two years ago, or ten, and then I fall in love all over again. <br />
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It is amazing how unique each piece is and how perfectly crafted such that we can keep going back to them over and over again. I wish my technique was still up to playing the Ballades cleanly—I especially love the Ab Major. And then there are the magical Impromptus, especially the F# Major, and the Ab Major. How did he write so much gorgeous and substantial music in such a short lifespan?<br />
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Well, I must go now. Thanks so much for responding. I know there are many Chopin lovers out there, but most people I see don't even know the name, let alone the music. Amazing! Keep playing, and enjoying, Karumbey!<br />
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Christopher T.

Nice choices :) I can't choose a favorite, it's impossible. Out of the nocturnes, I am currently working on Op. 62 No.1 and 2, and Op. 15 No. 2. Do you play any other works by him? Etudes? Preludes?