The musical wunderkind entered the famous Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest at the age of nine to study with Erno Dohnanyi. At sixteen he made his first successful tours of Europe, till the Second World War kept him in Hungary, where he used the time to study and widen his repertoire. Conscripted inhe was made a prisoner of war.
Chopin composed his four ballades during his mature stage after he left his homeland Poland. This is misleading since Chopin was never interested in music with titles, programs, or characters in the true sense like Schumann.
Though Chopin was somewhat inspired by the stories of his native Poland and particularly the poems of Adam Mickiewicz, he wanted listeners to follow their own narration through his music.
It is not necessary to know the poem or content to interpret these abstract works. They all share these common features, but they are no less than individual works and should not be put in or performed as a group.
Even Chopin did not intend to do so.
He developed individual motives and combined them through innovative modulations Chopin man and music each ballade. In his ballades found many classical forms of sonata, rondo, variations in revised forms and daring flexibility.
The ballades combine many traditional forms and creative expressions, but still in classical and academic standard. Liszt, Brahms, among others, also composed the genre ballade after Chopin, but the musical term ballade is widely associated with Chopin and his ballades are among the most frequently played in concerts around the world.
Many pianists found the poetic interpretation of these ballades a real challenge once they have mastered the technical difficulty.
The first subject is a subtle and simple conversation and long enough to bust in to a stormy and agitated section. The question from the first subject arises again but now in A major, suggesting a bigger controversy that the reprise of the second subject replies in its first variation.
This variation is more complicated and grandeur with octaves that lead to a mysterious conversation and dance in higher pitch. This begins another variation of the second subject, in lower octave and it recalls the previous moments, yet somewhat regretful.
The first subject comes again the last time back in its original D minor and leads to the ending coda.
Two glissando passages however lead to the climax where the cascading octaves really conclude all the possible doubts and resolutions. The contrast between two subjects has never been shown clearly as in this ballade. The organization is also clear: The first subject in F major expresses a peaceful time with flowers and grass in the meadow.
The music is subtle, elegant but not monotonic. The concluding modulation leads to a key change to A minor with repetitive A notes informing that peace has faded. There comes a sudden storm in the turbulent second subject. The falling and rising arpeggio passages repeat twice in different minor keys and gradually fade out with the a series of slowing phrases in the left hand.
Some doubts are raised and lead to the second tempest, which is much heavier and lasts longer than the first with the bold, cold double and single trills. The brilliant and dramatic coda develop through passages of double notes with two final interference of tornados.Chopin's life was covered in a BBC documentary Chopin – The Women Behind The Music (), in a documentary by András Schiff and Mischa Scorer, and in a documentary realised by Angelo Bozzolini and Roberto Prosseda for Italian television.
Mar 02, · Frederic Chopin was a Polish-born pianist and composer of matchless genius in the realm of keyboard music. As a pianist, his talents were beyond emulation and had an .
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