Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tinkling the ivory
Frédéric Chopin is a Romantic. I don't know how he did with the ladies, but he was a defining pianist of the Romantic era. Born in Poland in 1810, Chopsticks was a child prodigy like all the big wigs and hated the publicity of being such a talented concert pianist. Technical perfectionism was his doom, leaving us with an insufficient number of waltzes, nocturnes and mazurkas. He remains one of my favs because of the dramatic and ornate sound of his pieces. Without further adieu, here is the Fantasie Impromptu.