Some of Chopin’s most popular works are his Mazurkas. These are dances in a Polish style, though Chopin quotes no actual Polish folk dances. These tiny pieces have long been favourites of both pianists and audiences. Here is a favourite of mine, one my own family members might remember me playing. This is Chopin’s Mazurka, Op. 68, No. 3 performed by the great pianist Artur Rubinstein. To play these pieces well almost requires a knowledge of Polish folk culture. Once, Rubinstein actually demonstrated the dance steps of the Mazurka to his producers to show how they should be performed.
Posted by: rbbadger | June 10, 2010
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