From the Library: Chopin and the French Classics

This month almost cer­tain­ly marks the 200th anniver­sary of the birth of Frédéric François Chopin, who is believed to have been born on 1 March 1810, in a vil­lage near War­saw in Poland (though the parish record says 22 Feb­ru­ary, it’s like­ly incor­rect) to a French father and Pol­ish moth­er. At the age of 20 he left Poland a short time before the start of the Novem­ber Upris­ing and, trav­el­ling via Vien­na, he end­ed up in Paris, where, as a vir­tu­oso pianist and com­pos­er, he came to be regard­ed as one of the great mas­ters of Roman­tic music. He sad­ly died ear­ly, at the age of just 39, of pul­monary tuber­cu­lo­sis.

Today we’ll hear a sig­nif­i­cant selec­tion of his works along with those of oth­er French com­posers from the Baroque peri­od to the ear­ly 20th Cen­tu­ry. We will be includ­ing works by Rameau, Debussy, Rav­el, Poulenc, Fau­ré, Satie and Berlioz, among oth­ers.

Most of the per­for­mances are tra­di­tion­al, but there will be some mod­ern inter­pre­ta­tions too, such as the music of Isao Tomi­ta and some light jazz.

Read more about Chopin.

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at — or click here to link straight to your play­er if your brows­er is set up to do so. Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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