Recorded on 11/23/2011, uploaded on 04/13/2012
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
A quintessential Romantic composer, Robert Schumann's initial reaction to Chopin’s music was "Hats off, gentlemen, a genius." Chopin composed four of his greatest creations under the name scherzo, a word that means “joke.” However, the scherzi are epics among Chopin’s works, each of an unmatched instrumental brilliance. Schumann compared it to a poem by Byron, “so overflowing with tenderness, boldness, love, and contempt.” For Chopin, the soft sotto voce opening was a question, and the second louder phrase – the answer. The following gorgeous lyrical melody is repeated three times throughout the piece, the last time bringing us to the coda in a magnificent key change. The middle section is filled with longing. Victor Goldberg
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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