Where: Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU School of Music
When: Thurs 25 August, 7pm. Doors open 6:30pm.
Tickets: $25 Adult, $20 concession / member of the Friends of Chopin Australia
What is the Chopin style of this period that enchants, and re-enchants, and is so immediately recognisable? A lot has been written about this topic over many years. There is the unmistakable heart of Poland; his unorthodox musical education has also contributed a great deal; his delicacy, but also his vigour as a young man; and the myriad experiences of travelling Europe, the joy of his circle of friends that included Princes and artists alike, the balm of love, and the pain of losing his country. The Polish word żal is quite often used to describe the bittersweet melancholia that is characteristic of Chopin’s music and was developing throughout this period; a state of deep suffering, sorrow, loss, pain, loneliness, fear, anger, rage, remorse, and repentance.
What captures those who hear Chopin’s music most immediately, whether those who he played for, or those of us listening today, is his intimacy. His music captures and expresses our innermost thoughts and feelings. For Chopin, up until the age of 29, this included happiness, jealousy and love, rejection and acceptance, courage, fragility, nationality and homesickness. His wide palette of colours produced a unique soundscape ranging from the lyrical to the dramatic to produce works of art “of nuance, sophistication and refinement” (Grove) immediately recognisable as poetic and inimitably personal.
It is this Chopin that we are exploring with Kotaro in this program. From Chopin as a young boy, to Chopin at the apogee of his development as a young man.
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