Chopin Prelude No 8, in F sharp minor, counters the calm simplicity of the seventh with a broad stream of sonority of peculiar beauty, diffused in rising and falling waves of airy figuration. Among its admirers was Witold Lutosławski, who called it a ‘wonder’.
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.
Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth. 66, is a solo piano composition. It was composed in 1834 and dedicated to Julian Fontana, who published the piece despite Frédéric Chopin’s request not to do so.
Chopin Prelude No 4 in E minor is one of the 24 preludes opus 28 for piano. By Chopin request, this piece was played at his own funeral, along with Mozart’s Requiem.
Franz Liszt‘s Transcendental Etude No. 4 in D minor, Mazeppa, is the fourth Transcendental Étude, published in 1852. This complex and virtuosic staple of the Romantic Era repertoire was inspired by Victor Hugo‘s …
Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth. 66 was composed in 1834 and dedicated to Julian Fontana, who published the piece after Frédéric Chopin’s death, despite the composer request not to do so.
In the Prelude No 9 in E major we hear the gravity of loftiness and depth. It is often called a march-hymn prelude, and it does indeed display hymn-like elements and a gravity and sublimity of character.
The Scherzo No. 3 Op. 39 in C-Sharp Minor by Frédéric Chopin, completed in 1839, was written in the abandoned monastery of Valldemossa on the Balearic island of Majorca, Spain.
The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, is a concertante work for solo piano and symphony orchestra composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff. It closely resembling a piano concerto, albeit …
Trois mouvements de Petrouchka is an arrangement for piano of music from the ballet Petrushka by the composer Igor Stravinsky for the pianist Arthur Rubinstein. Stravinsky is very explicit in stating that …