Some beautiful music for Sunday

March 26, 2017

In celebration of the birthday of the American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963), here is a choral setting by Randall Thompson of one of Frost’s greatest hits.

Happy birthday, Johann

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Happy birthday, Frederic

March 1, 2017

Frédéric Chopin was born near Warsaw on March 1, 1810. The son of a French father and a Polish mother, he spent his first twenty years in Poland and most of his adult life in France. Although he was one of the greatest pianists of his time, he disliked performing in concert halls, preferring to play for small groups of friends in more intimate settings. He supported himself primarily by selling his compositions, which were always in demand, and by giving piano lessons. He suffered from chronic poor health throughout his life, and he died in Paris in 1849, when he was just 39 years old.

Chopin composed his Étude Op. 10, No. 12 in C minor, known as the “Revolutionary Étude,” in 1831. He had left Warsaw in early November of 1830, just weeks before the outbreak of what came to be known as the November Uprising — an attempt by Polish nationalists to oust their Russian occupiers. The uprising went on for almost a year, ending with the Poles and their allies being crushed by the numerically superior Russians. The Polish defeat devastated Chopin, whose emotions found expression in this étude.

Some beautiful music for Sunday

February 26, 2017

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