Kreisleriana, Op. 16, is a composition in eight movements by Robert Schumann for solo piano, subtitled Phantasien für das Pianoforte. It was written in only four days in April 1838 and a revised version appeared in 1850. In 1839, soon after publishing it,
Étude Op. 25 No. 6, in G-sharp Minor, is a technical study composed by Frédéric Chopin focusing on thirds, trilling them at a high speed.
La vida breve (Life is Short or The Brief Life) is an opera in two acts and four scenes by Manuel de Falla. It was written between August 1904 and March 1905, but not produced until 1913.
One of Frédéric Chopin most famous masterpiece, the Prelude No 15 in D-Flat Major, nicknamed “Raindrop”, strikes one at first as an oasis of peace and calm. However, the transition from the bright key of D flat major to the tenebrous C sharp minor brings dark, gloomy, disturbing sonorities.
The Mephisto Waltzes are four waltzes composed by Franz Liszt from 1859 to 1862, from 1880 to 1881, and in 1883 and 1885. Of the four, the first is the most popular.
Prelude No. 24 in D Minor is the last one of Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 28, a set of short pieces for the piano, one in each of the twenty-four keys, originally published in 1839.
The Polka Italienne (Italian Polka) is an original composition for two pianos by Sergei Rachmaninov. It was composed in 1906 and published in his Suite No. 2.
Waltz Posthumous in A Minor, often designated as Waltz No. 19, was written sometime between 1843 and 1848, but was not published until 1860, after Frédéric Chopin’s death.
Chopin’s Prelude No. 4 in E Minor is one of the 24 preludes opus 28 for piano. By Chopin’s request, this piece was played at his own funeral, along with Mozart’s Requiem.
Feux Follets (Wills o’ the Wisp) is the fifth étude of the set of twelve Transcendental Études by Franz Liszt. As with the other works in the Études but one, Feux Follets went through three versions.