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It is hard to find anything more beautiful than the music of the 19th century Polish composer Fredric Chopin, who was called "the poet of the piano" because of his lyrical and memorable melodies. I think he's like the Beatles of classical composers. Like them, everything he wrote was memorable and accessible - and short. Here is an example of one of my favorite works by him. The melody is utterly simple, and in the bass, accompanied by divine arpeggios in the right hand. It requires a virtuoso to play (I know, I've tried!)

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Comment by Johan Roeraade on March 31, 2013 at 11:49am

Yes, I agree again

Comment by Gav Brown on March 29, 2013 at 10:39pm

Plus, the pianist, Ruth Slenczynska, is incredible. Lovers of Chopin: seek out her albums, you will not be disappointed.

Comment by Johan Roeraade on March 29, 2013 at 3:49am

I couldn´t agree more! And Chopin is the composer who has been copied most, even by other great composers, and people still try to do this all the time (there are also plenty of examples in this forum). But the fact is that no one has even come close to his devine music. Your example is outstanding. Here, he creates an extreme drama, but not with a complex melody ( in fact there is not so much of a melody, although the  piece is totally coherent). He does it mainly by  an extremely clever use of dissonances. Already in the opening ( the second measure), he uses two nona´s which would do not sound very nice, if you play the piece in "slow motion"(try it!).  It is the speed, which gives these dissonances a totally new dimension.  And he continues to use these kind of dissonances throughout the piece. And the results is increadible.

I tell you: study the old masters!

(Thanks for posting this thread)





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