Episode 79: Chopin Walks Into a Bar...

Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1

rc-intobar-200“You know how to whistle don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow…” - To Have and Have Not

The memorable opening... the start of something with enormous promise. Who could resist that? Wherever you’re going, I’m coming with you.

No composer knows how to pack the power of attraction into the first few bars like Fryderyk Chopin.

From “Let’s hit the dance floor!” to “I am Chopin, hear me roar” his skill at commanding your attention from the get-go is unparalleled.

Sometimes there’s a sense of some journey about to begin. Or, you feel you’re invited to gaze into a private world where something extraordinary is about to unfold. A shoulder to lean on? Whose could be more tender? Start a story like he does the Rondo in C, and I’m going to stick around to hear what happens next, which is what makes Chopin’s opening lines so powerful. They pay off. Fryderyk makes no hollow promises. Stick around for the dance, the unfolding landscape, the epic journey; he invariably exceeds your expectations. - Jennifer Foster

Radio Chopin Episode 79: Chopin Walks Into a Bar...



Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1