Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, op. 31, by Frédéric Chopin was composed and published in 1837, and was dedicated to Countess Adèle Fürstenstein. Schumann compared this scherzo to a Byronic poem, so overflowing with tenderness, boldness, love and contempt.
Nocturne No. 4 in F Major is the first of the Nocturnes Op 15, a set of three nocturnes written by Frédéric Chopin between 1830 and 1833. The work was published in January 1834, and was dedicated to Ferdinand Hiller.
Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15, by Robert Schumann, is a set of thirteen pieces of music for piano written in 1838. Schumann wrote 30 movements for this work but chose 13 for the final version.
The Partitas, BWV 825–830, are a set of six harpsichord suites written by Johann Sebastian Bach, published individually beginning in 1726, then together as Clavier-Übung I in 1731, the first of his works to be published under his own direction.
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-Flat Major is the sixth work of the 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies composed by Franz Liszt. This piece was later arranged for orchestra. In its original piano version, it is famous for its very fast octaves in the last part.
Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 8 in A minor, K. 310 / 300d, was written in 1778. The sonata is the first of only two Mozart piano sonatas in a minor key. It was composed in the summer of 1778 around the time of his mother’s death, one of the most tragic times of his life.
Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, was written in 1830, when the composer was twenty years old. The concerto was first performed on 11 October of 1830, at the Teatr Narodowy (the National Theatre) in Warsaw, Poland, with the composer as soloist.
Mazurkas, Op 24 are a set of four Mazurkas for solo piano by Frédéric Chopin. The set was composed and published in 1836. Mazurka in C major is essentially a kind of folkloric cliché: a folk provenance can be found in all its themes.
In 1834, Frédéric Chopin wrote an Andante Spianato in G Major, for piano solo, which he added to the start of the Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat Major and joined the two parts with a fanfare-like sequence.
Chopin’s Ballade No 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47, dating from 1841, is dedicated to Pauline de Noailles. The inspiration for this Ballade by Frédéric Chopin is usually claimed to be Adam Mickiewicz’s poem Undine, also known as Świtezianka.