Posted by: rbbadger | June 10, 2010

Chopin’s Mazurkas

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. 

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  1. I do remember you playing this one too! I hope you still remember it!


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