An emotional and complex piano solo which is alleged to be Chopin's attempt to reflect his unhappiness in Vienna. It has been widely used in films, (such as 'The Pianist'), and even in video games, 'Fallout 4').
Chopin composed many mazurkas, (a Polish folk dance), and this is one of his most familiar. Not too fast, but swirling and with a light playfulness, it has a calmer interlude before resuming the dance.
Only sixteen bars long, this is a beautiful prelude. Graceful, serene and delicate it allows the listener to relax and unwind in a calm and peaceful way. Used in many productions and commercials worldwide.
The pianist decided to perform a quieter ending to this Chopin prelude. It has the nickname, 'Funeral March', although it isn't the tune we associate with his piano sonata No.2 third movement. However; this is strident and morose with its block chords in a minor key.
This Chopin prelude has the nickname, 'Funeral March', although it isn't the tune we associate with his piano sonata No.2 third movement. However; this is strident and morose with its block chords in a minor key.
The minor key of this waltz gives the piece a melancholic, almost sad feel. The soloist plays at a medium tempo without straying too far from the initial melody, then a more optimistic section lifts the gloom before it returns to melancholy to finish.
A very popular composition which has been used on countless productions and adverts. A lilting melody above a waltz like accompaniment gets more complex and intense as we're taken on an emotional journey.
Beautiful melodies glide with effortless grace at the start of this famous Chopin piano solo. It becomes more intense before a soft ending. Used in many productions such as the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me'.
One of Chopin's twenty four preludes which starts very quietly. A note repeats like the pitter-patter of raindrops. A more intense section rises like a heavy storm shower before fading away to leave us with the soft sound of the light raindrops again.
The tempo instruction on the score is 'molto vivace', (very lively), and it certainly is swift and joyous. A very famous piece which is used as the theme for the hugely popular BBC radio show 'Just A Minute'.
Bristling with energy, this lively waltz for solo piano surges with huge confidence and presence. Requires great skill from the performer to keep up with the pace. Regarded by some as the first of Chopin's waltzes to be published.