Saturday, 19 February 2011

Nocturne no. 2

Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin or Frédéric François Chopin in French, (1810 - 1849), composer and virtuoso pianist of Polish-French parentage has got to be one of the great masters of romantic music. His Nocturnes written between 1827 and 1846 constitute 21 short pieces for solo piano. They are generally considered among the finest short solo works for the instrument.

I understand that the term nocturne is French and that it derives from the Latin nocturnus. It is used to describe a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of the night, typically an ensemble piece normally played for an evening event and then laid aside..

Sadly, for much of his life Chopin suffered from poor health and died at the young age of only 39. All of his works involve piano. They are technically demanding but emphasize nuance and expressive depth. He has sometimes been referred to as The Poet of the Piano..

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