Danse Macabre, Op. 40, is a tone poem for orchestra, written in 1874 by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. It is in the key of G minor. It started out in 1872 as an art song for voice and piano with a French text by the poet Henri Cazalis, which is based on an old French superstition.
Chopin Scherzo No 2 in B-Flat minor, op. 31, was composed and published in 1837, and was dedicated to Countess Adèle Fürstenstein. Schumann compared this scherzo from Frédéric Chopin to a Byronic poem.
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.
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.
The Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83, by Johannes Brahms is separated by a gap of 22 years from his first piano concerto. Brahms began work on the piece in 1878 and completed it in 1881 while in Pressbaum near Vienna.
Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (26 October 1685 – 23 July 1757) who wrote the Sonata K 87 in B Minor was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families.
Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52, was composed in 1842 in Paris and Nohant and revised in 1843. The work was dedicated to Baroness Rothschild, wife of Nathaniel de Rothschild.
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor is the second in a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies by composer Franz Liszt, and is by far the most famous of the set. Liszt was strongly influenced by Hungarian folk music, with its unique gypsy scale.
The Polonaise No 6 in A-flat major, Op. 53 was called Polonaise Héroïque (heroic) in french) by Frédéric Chopin’s French lover, the writer Georges Sand. This composition is one of Chopin’s most admired and has long been a favorite of the classical piano repertoire.
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83 (1942) (occasionally called the “Stalingrad”) is the second of the three “War Sonatas” written by Sergei Prokofiev. The sonata was first performed on 18 January 1943 in Moscow by Sviatoslav Richter.