chopin polonaise

one great piece for each key (with each composer only named once)

C major

Shostakovich: Symphony no. 7 “Leningrad”

A minor

Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 3 “Scottish”

G major

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 4

E minor

Smetana: Má vlast, mvt. II “Vltava”

D major

Prokofiev: Symphony no. 1 “Classical”

B minor

Dvořák: Cello Concerto

A major

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

F# minor

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 1

E major

Ravel: Jeux d’eau

C# minor

Whitacre: Lux Aurumque

B major

Brahms: Piano Trio no. 1

G# minor

Liszt: La campanella

F#/G♭ major

Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin

D#/E♭ minor

Chopin: Polonaise Op. 26 no. 2

D♭ major

Khachaturian: Piano Concerto

B♭ minor

Barber: Adagio for Strings

A♭ major

Elgar: Symphony no. 1

F minor

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4

E♭ major

Bernstein: Candide Overture

C minor

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 “Resurrection”

B♭ major

Haydn: Symphony no. 102

G minor

Bach: Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 542

F major

R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche

D minor

Spohr: Symphony no. 2

Vladimir Horowitz-Polonaise in A Flat,op.53
Frédéric Chopin
Vladimir Horowitz-Polonaise in A Flat,op.53

This composition is one of Chopin’s most admired compositions and has long been a favorite of the classical piano repertoire. The piece, which is very difficult, requires exceptional piano skills and great virtuosity to be interpreted at a high degree of proficiency. The polonaise was dedicated to Auguste Léo.

Horowitz was 84 years old when he performed this.Quite an astonishing performance for an old man.This is still my best interpretation of this piece for me.Later he died 2 years later from heart attack in 1989.R.I.P


Chopin - Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante


Chopin “Heroic” Polonaise op 53 A flat major Valentina Lisitsa


My favourite pieces of classical music:


Today we close our special Be Random! #2 Week, here at Musica in Extenso, with a post about the bulgarian composer, Pancho Vladigerov.

Today on Musica in Extenso:

Pancho Vladigerov

Vardar Rhapsody

Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Pancho Haralanov Vladigerov (13 March 1899 – 8 September 1978) was a Bulgarian composer, pedagogue, and pianist.

Pancho Vladigerov is arguably the most influential Bulgarian composer of all time. He was one of the first to successfully combine idioms of Bulgarian folk music and the classical music.

Vladigerov’s most performed and emblematic work is unquestionably Vardar Rhapsody, also known as Bulgarian Rhapsody. Originally written for violin and piano, it was later orchestrated and arranged for various instruments. A fiery patriotic work, it has become, in the words of an admiring critic “the Bulgarian equivalent of Chopin’s Polonaise in A Major”. (source: Wikipedia)

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Grande Polonaise for Piano and Orchestra
Janusz Olejniczak
Grande Polonaise for Piano and Orchestra

Grande Polonaise for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 22 - Andante Spianato In G Major, Tranquillo

Year/Date of Composition : 1831 (Grand polonaise brillante), 1834 (Andante spianato)
First Publication : 1836
Dedication : Madame d'Est
Composer Time Period : Romantic
Piece Style : Romantic
Instrumentation : Version A: piano solo (as Andante spianato) Version B: piano, orchestra (as Grand polonaise brillante) Solo: piano Orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B♭, 2 bassoons, 2 horns (F), trombone, timpani, strings

By Composer Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin

Janusz Olejniczak, Pianist

anonymous asked:

What are your favorite solos for each instrument you play? Could be something written specifically for the instrument or just a solo part from a larger work like a symphony

piano: rach concerto 1 or chopin heroic polonaise
clarinet: spohr concerto 4
viola: the opening from mahler 10

I was allowed, indeed ordered, to attend the Holy of Holies, the piano masterclasses. They were quite different from any classes I had been to up till then. One was not taught how to play well but how to become a part of one’s instrument until the soul of the interpreter became the messenger of music, restoring it in all its original clarity.
Only a few ‘grown-ups’ aged twenty-five and more came to these
classes. They were virtuosos, with a technique far outstripping my
hesitant beginner’s effrontery, who came along to perfect their already considerable mastery under the eye of Istvan Thomán, who made an indelible impression on me. He had been a pupil of Liszt’s and was subsequently the revered teacher of Bartók and Dohnányi. He had been appointed to the top class at the Academy late in life and was its Tree of Life – an authentic, first-hand purveyor of the teaching of Franz Liszt.
I can still hear his voice roaring like an old lion’s after a pupil
had played Liszt’s Grande Polonaise and Chopin’s Fourth Ballade. “I once played these pieces to Liszt in this very room.” What Liszt had told our master was handed on to us as if it was something completely new, a password for generations of young interpreters.
—  György Cziffra

the beset version of the op. 44 polonaise. and no i’m not just saying that because it’s ivo. i’m saying it because it’s true.

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Chopin “Heroic” Polonaise Op. 53 - Jayson Gillham - XVI Chopin International Piano Competition  

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