Description: Belongs to 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. Chopin wrote them between 1835 and 1839, partly at Valldemossa, Majorca, where he spent the winter of 1838-39 and where he had fled with George Sand and her children to escape the damp Paris weather. In Majorca, Chopin had a copy of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, and as in each of Bach's two sets of preludes and fugues, his Op. 28 set comprises a complete cycle of the major and minor keys, albeit with a different ordering. This piece is brief, with slow majestic crotchet chords in the right hand predominating, against crotchet octaves in the left. It is often called the "Chord" prelude. It was originally written in two sections of four measures, although Chopin later added a repeat of the last four measures at a softer level, with an expressive swell before the final cadence. Used as a theme for variations by Ferruccio Busoni, and later, without the repeated bars, by Sergei Rachmaninoff in his Variations on a Theme of Chopin, a set of 22 variations in a wide range of keys, tempos and lengths. It’s mood and/or theme is characterized funerals, a funeral march.

Description: Belongs to 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. Chopin wrote them between 1835 and 1839, partly at Valldemossa, Majorca, where he spent the winter of 1838-39 and where he had fled with George Sand and her children to escape the damp Paris weather. In Majorca, Chopin had a copy of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, and as in each of Bach's two sets of preludes and fugues, his Op. 28 set comprises a complete cycle of the major and minor keys, albeit with a different ordering. One of the longest preludes, it was the favorite of Clara Schumann. It’s mood and/or theme is characterized by “she told me, ‘I love you’, a scene on the Place de Notre-Dame de Paris.

Description: Belongs to 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. Chopin wrote them between 1835 and 1839, partly at Valldemossa, Majorca, where he spent the winter of 1838-39 and where he had fled with George Sand and her children to escape the damp Paris weather. In Majorca, Chopin had a copy of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, and as in each of Bach's two sets of preludes and fugues, his Op. 28 set comprises a complete cycle of the major and minor keys, albeit with a different ordering. The longest and perhaps the most famous of the twenty-four preludes. The main melody is repeated three times; the melody in the middle, however, is much more dark and dramatic. The key signature switches between D-flat major and C-sharp minor. It’s mood and/or theme is characterized by immanent death, in the shadows, raindrops.

Description: Belongs to 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. Chopin wrote them between 1835 and 1839, partly at Valldemossa, Majorca, where he spent the winter of 1838-39 and where he had fled with George Sand and her children to escape the damp Paris weather. In Majorca, Chopin had a copy of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, and as in each of Bach's two sets of preludes and fugues, his Op. 28 set comprises a complete cycle of the major and minor keys, albeit with a different ordering. The longest and perhaps the most famous of the twenty-four preludes. The main melody is repeated three times; the melody in the middle, however, is much more dark and dramatic. The key signature switches between D-flat major and C-sharp minor. It’s mood and/or theme is characterized by immanent death, in the shadows, raindrops.

Description: Belongs to 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. Chopin wrote them between 1835 and 1839, partly at Valldemossa, Majorca, where he spent the winter of 1838-39 and where he had fled with George Sand and her children to escape the damp Paris weather. In Majorca, Chopin had a copy of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, and as in each of Bach's two sets of preludes and fugues, his Op. 28 set comprises a complete cycle of the major and minor keys, albeit with a different ordering. One of the longest preludes and features an A B A structure with continuous single-note quaver movement in the left hand and chords and melody in the right. It’s mood and/or theme is characterized by an adventure on foreign soil, under a night of stars, thinking of one’s beloved faraway, loss.

Description: Belongs to 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. Chopin wrote them between 1835 and 1839, partly at Valldemossa, Majorca, where he spent the winter of 1838-39 and where he had fled with George Sand and her children to escape the damp Paris weather. In Majorca, Chopin had a copy of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, and as in each of Bach's two sets of preludes and fugues, his Op. 28 set comprises a complete cycle of the major and minor keys, albeit with a different ordering. The second prelude sets up an immediate contrast, with a slow melody over a fixed accompaniment of four-note chords played two eighth notes at a time. It’s mood and/or theme is characterized by painful meditation, the distant, deserted sea, the presentiment of death.

Description: Frederic Chopin composed the Andante spianato as an introduction to his Grande Polonaise Brilliante in E-flat major, Op. 22. The Andante spianato has the character of a nocturne, and at the same time of a lullaby. It forges an oneiric mood. Spianato means evenly, without contrasts, without any great agitation or anxiety. The piece sets the mood of a harmonious moonlit night, a landscape dominated by the reflecting surface of a lake, or even the singing of sirens on gently rocking waves or the immersion in a state of unwavering meditation. The arabesque of the piano wends its way endlessly above the nocturne-like accompaniment. The listener is drawn into a trance by the magic of music from the boundaries of dream and reality.

Description: Frederic Chopin composed the Andante spianato as an introduction to his Grande Polonaise Brilliante in E-flat major, Op. 22. The Andante spianato has the character of a nocturne, and at the same time of a lullaby. It forges an oneiric mood. Spianato means evenly, without contrasts, without any great agitation or anxiety. The piece sets the mood of a harmonious moonlit night, a landscape dominated by the reflecting surface of a lake, or even the singing of sirens on gently rocking waves or the immersion in a state of unwavering meditation. The arabesque of the piano wends its way endlessly above the nocturne-like accompaniment. The listener is drawn into a trance by the magic of music from the boundaries of dream and reality.

Description: Tradition has it that Chopin imagined the A major Polonaise functioning as a coronation polonaise. It bears the character of heroic military music, evoking for many interpreters the sounds of a snare drum in a festive parade or a royal ceremony.

Description: Tradition has it that Chopin imagined the A major Polonaise functioning as a coronation polonaise. It bears the character of heroic military music, evoking for many interpreters the sounds of a snare drum in a festive parade or a royal ceremony.