Saturday, June 02, 2007

Chopin: Polonaise no. 3 Opus 40

Chopin: Polonaise no. 3 Opus 40


Years ago, with my second to last piano teacher I set out to learn this piece. I was in high school, and heard one of the kids in the grade ahead of me play it in his act for talent day. Talent day was one of those silly things we did in choir to pad the last couple of weeks of the school year, when learning new choral music would be pointless. Each student in the course had to prepare some talent to show the class. My sophomore year, I took in some framed photos. My junior and senior years I teamed up with good friends to sing a couple of barber shop songs. If I recall correctly, both years we sang barbershop out of “The Music Man”, but don't quote me on that. Singing with my friends was a good time for sure, but being introduced to the Military Polonaise by Chopin was surreal. I don't know why it is, but some music just hits you, and you know you'll never be the same again after hearing it. The above piece is exhilarating, full of energy, and just a real joy to listen to. It was so cool, that I decided that I wanted to learn how to play it too, because if there is enjoyment in listening to music, participating in the making of music brings it to the next level. A great piece, by a great composer, for a great day.

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