Tuesday, 10 January 2017

QUOTE OF THE DAY - JANUARY 10, 2017: FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN'S UNIVERSAL DESTINY feat. Did You Know?

Today's Quote of the Day comes to us from Polish Romantic composer Frédéric Chopin.

This darling of 19th century eastern and western Europe may have (literally) left his heart in Poland and the soil of his native land in France, but as Chopin so eloquently states in the quote below, the composer ultimately bequeathed unto the greater world a timeless legacy of universal beauty:

“Music has no Fatherland;
it is the whole universe.”


- Frédéric Chopin

Enjoy below Chopin’s gorgeous Second Piano Concerto (the much beloved Larghetto) as performed by keyboard legend Arthur Rubenstein with the LSO under maestro André Previn. *The larghetto begins and is queued at 14:55 and ends at 24:08:




Did You Know?
Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 - penned by the composer at the tender age of 20 whilst still engaged in musical study in Warsaw, Poland - owes it’s numerical designation not to the order in which the music was written, but rather to the date of the publication of the score. The composer’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor, first performed some seven months after the premiere of the 2nd concerto (as part of a “farewell” series of concerts before Chopin departed Warsaw for Paris), would be the first of the concertos to be published, earning it the numerical designation of "1(st)" Piano Concerto – even though the composition itself was not penned by the composer until after the premiere of the 2nd, in March 1830.

-Rose.

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