Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mister Piano

My nephew Stephen, a great American, humanitarian, and lover of classical music.  He and his wife Leslie heard this piece played for hospital patients and really loved it.

I don't think I am out of bounds to say that the great Romantic era composer from Poland, Frederick Chopin, is the greatest composer of piano music ever. This virtuoso of the piano was a master at composing beautiful romantic piano melodies.  While most of the masters were virtuosos in more than one instrument, that is not true with Chopin.  Piano was his instrument.  For that reason Chopin did not compose many pieces that contain orchestral music or even any other instruments.  Chopin composed only 6 pieces that contained other instruments with the piano.  He composed two beautiful piano concertos, and 4 chamber music pieces, 3 for cello and piano and a trio for violin, cello and piano.  Other than those pieces, every other composition of Chopin was for solo piano.  He was prolific in his solo piano compositions with Etudes, Nocturnes, Polonaises, Sonatas, Preludes, Impromptus, Scherzos, Ballades, Mazurkas, and Waltzes.

Yes, it is true that most of the other great masters had many more great orchestral works and chamber pieces than Chopin, but not many of the other masters can come close to the so many beautiful solo piano compositions of Frederick Chopin.  Frederick Chopin is indeed, mister piano.

The piece that Stephen and Leslie heard and loved in the hospital was Chopin's Prelude #15 in D-flat Major. This is also known as the "Raindrop" prelude.  The exposition has this wonderful slow mesmerizing theme.  The development changes to a stormy, if not somewhat dark mood before returning to the nice original  theme in the recapitulation.

I think Stephen and Leslie, and all of the followers of "The Tales", will like to hear also Chopin's popular "Heroic" Polonaise in A-flat Major.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy these great solo piano pieces by mister piano, Frederick Chopin: his Prelude in D-flat Major and his Polonaise in A-flat Major.

F. Chopin: Prelude # 15 in D-flat Major, sostenuto, "Raindrop":

F. Chopin: Polonaise, op. 53 in A-flat Major, "Heroic":


lynngg said...

Well played Sir. Chopin is indeed Mr. Piano

Big Mike said...

Thanks Lynn!