I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and my theme this year is classical music. Check out the list of other participants by clicking here! Today is a dual-post with letter C and the Question of the Month.
C is for Chopin. Frédéric Chopin (pronounced SHōˌpan) was a Polish composer who lived from 1810 to 1849. He is considered the poet of the piano because of the genius of his techniques for solo piano. He has so many excellent pieces and I had a hard time narrowing down which ones to feature. I decided to go with two videos I found played by two great pianists, Arthur Rubinstein and Vladimir Horowitz. We will start with Rubinstein playing Chopin’s Waltz Op. 64 No. 2 in C Sharp Minor. This is one of Arthur Rubinstein’s favorites to play.
Video link: https://youtu.be/VyBxps3BgYc
· Chopin was a child prodigy and began giving public piano concerts and composed two polonaises (Polish dances) by the age of 7.
· He suffered from weak health most of his life and died at the age of 39 possibly from tuberculosis.
· He was
engaged to Maria Wodzinska, but the engagement was broken off by her parents
because of Chopin’s health and social status. He then entered into a love
affair with author, George Sand. When they first met, Chopin remarked: “What an
unattractive person la Sand is. Is
she really a woman?” His feelings for her changed. They’re affair was “the
stuff of legend” according to The Chopin Project, and I could probably write an
entire post about it, in fact I might come back to it sometime (after April).
|Portrait of George Sand|
· Here’s a great quote from Chopin that could apply to music, writing, or whatever other projects we may choose to take on: “When one does a thing, it appears good, otherwise one would not write it. Only later comes reflection, and one discards or accepts the thing. Time is the best censor, and patience a most excellent teacher.”
For this challenge, I'm keeping a playlist of the videos I'm using plus some extras for anyone who wants to hear more. I will update with the latest letter each day. The second piece I added to the playlist today is Vladimir Horowitz playing Chopin’s Mazurka in B minor Opus. 33 No. 4. I love the way he plays this; it has a beautiful flow to it.
The Question of the Month is a bloghop that occurs the first Monday of each month. This month, our host, Michael G D'Agostino decided to pick a question to go along with the A to Z Challenge.
“What’s your favorite thing that begins with C?”
C is a cool letter and there are countless things that I like that commence with it. To keep this clean and clear-cut I made a complete list of my chosen things that begin with C!
Favorite foods and beverages: coffee, chocolate, and chicken enchiladas
Favorite animal: cats
Favorite holiday: Christmas
One of my favorite places to be is church.
And, of course, some of my favorite music is classical!
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson also enjoys playing Chopin’s work. Does anyone know where he played in celebration of Chopin’s 200th birthday a few years ago? Answer tomorrow! What are your favorite things that start with C?