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  1. Waltz in Db maj Opus 64 n ° 2 (pure waltz) – 1837
    This is the second of three waltzes from opus 64, composed by Frédéric Chopin, and dedicated to his pupil, Baroness Charlotte de Rothschild. Part of theme, a small reference to another waltz, written much later, called “The posthumous waltz”.
  2. Phantasy-impromptu Opus 6 – 1835
    Impromptus are themes written from improvisations. This one was dedicated to Baroness d’Esté. Although chronologically it was completed first, it is the latest in a series of four themes.
  3. Prelude in E m Opus 28 n ° 4 (Suffocation) – 1839
    This famous « Largo » in E minor is one of Chopin’s most performed preludes.
    It will be taken over and transformed by the groups Radiohead and NTM, by Serge Gainsbourg, and will serve as a starting point for Antonio Carlos Jobim for the standard “How insensitive”.
    This fourth prelude was performed at the organ of the Madeleine on the day of the composer’s funeral, hence the title given by the publisher: « Suffocation ».
  4. Large brilliant waltz Opus 18 – 1833
    This composition has been made possible by the invention of the double escapement mechanism , by the piano maker Erard: this device allows the hammer to strike again the string regardless of its position. You can hear this detail from the first bars with a series of repeated notes.
  5. Prelude in Cm Opus 28 n ° 20 – 1838
    This is the twentieth of the twenty-four preludes defining the Op 28, each one written in a different tone following the cycle of fifths, each major key followed by its relative minor. They were composed between 1835 and 1839, mostly on the island of Majorca where Frédéric Chopin had spent the winter with George Sand and her children, to escape the rainy weather of Paris which worsened his chronic tuberculosis. Inspired by the preludes of the Well-Tempered Clavier by Jean-Sébastien Bach, they inspire in turn the Preludes of Alexandre Scriabine, those of Claude Debussy, and Sergei Rachmaninov.
  6. Waltz Opus 69 No. 1 (Farewell Waltz) – 1835 Presented while leaving Maria Wodzińska, a young Polish aristocrat he had met during a trip to Dresden and with whom he had fallen deeply in love, this waltz expresses the sorrow that will sadden him throughout his life: having been evicted due to his situation, considered too modest by the family of the young girl.
  1. Nocturne n ° 20 (Reminiscence) – 1830
    This nocturnal was composed for Ludwika Chopin with the dedication: “To my sister Ludwika as an exercise before starting to study my second concerto ”. It was published twenty-six years after the composer’s death, under the title Reminiscence. He is known to have saved the life of the pianist Natalia Karp, who was spared after playing it in front of the nazi officer Amon Goeth, commander of the concentration camp where she was detained.
  2. Waltz Opus 34 n ° 2 (Waltz of sorrow) -1831
    According to pianist Stephen Heller, it was Chopin’s favorite waltz. It is dedicated to her pupil, Baroness C. d’Ivoire. Written in 1831, it is sometimes called “Waltz of sorrow” or “Melancholic valtz”, beginning with a haunting sentence with the left hand that refers to the violoncello.
  3. Nocturne in Eb maj Opus 9 n ° 2 – 1832
    This is the second of the nocturnes from opus 9. Composed between 1830 and 1832, these nocturnes are dedicated to Marie Pleyel, wife of his friend Camille Pleyel, heir of Pleyel pianos and founder of the Salle Pleyel in Paris. This theme was composed during the year of the meeting between Frédéric Chopin and Hector Berlioz.
  4. Nocturne in B maj Opus 32 n ° 1 – 1837
    This is the first of 21 nocturnes written by Frédéric Chopin, composed from 1835 and published in 1837. This melancholic play mentions his tumultuous relationship with Georges Sand.