25 March 2010

Fred Was A Fine Fellow

This is the bicentennial year for Frederich Chopin.  The Wikipedia linked here is one of the most extensive I've seen in their pages and I recommend that you take the time to read it.  He was only 39 when he passed away from either tuberculosis or cystic fibrosis.  As a virtuoso pianist and composer in the romantic period of music, he left behind so much beauty that he remains alive in the hearts of millions.  For those who love the majesty of the piano, his compositions are pure gold as they are demanding pieces that force the player to deal with light and darkness of expression and all the magnificent shades in between.

This is Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor, Op. 66 played by Valentina Igoshina which as with many Chopin works became a popular song. In this case: I'm Always Chasing Rainbows here sung by Judy Garland

Above you have Chopin's Polonaise Op. 53 "Heroic" played by Horowitz which became Till The End of Time sung here by Perry Como


Travis said...

I've always wanted to learn to play piano, but I never had the time to devote to lessons and practice when I was a kid. But there will come a time when I'll be able to learn.

Finding Pam said...

Beautiful music to my soul. Thank you for sharing it with us.