Episode 73: That A-Flat Thing

Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53, 'Heroic'

rc-aflatthing-200One of the keys to Chopin…

There’s something about the key of A-flat Major that sits nicely under the hand of a pianist. Chopin returned to the A-flat “well” again and again - writing...


a Nocturne, a Ballade, a Tarantella, and an Impromptu;

2 Preludes,

3 Etudes … and 3 Polonaises…

5 Waltzes, and

7 Mazurkas…

Just as he didn’t need the forces of a full orchestra to demonstrate an astounding range of emotions and technique… In these 24 pieces with four flats in the key signature, he’s able to make the same argument in miniature: that working within constraints needn’t be constraining. - Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr

 

Radio Chopin Episode 73: 'That A-flat Thing'



Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53, 'Heroic'