Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Valentina Lisitsa: Chopin's 'Heroic' Polonaise

Valentina Lisitsa performs Frédéric Chopin’s Heroic Polonaise in A-flat major, opus 53; Lisitsa, who was born and trained in Ukraine, launched her career through the use of social media. Since 1991, she has resided with her husband in the U.S., in North Carolina.

The Polish-born Chopin [1810-1849] composed this well-known and oft-performed piece in 1842 when he was 32. Chopin’s music epitomizes the Romantic style.

Frédéric Chopin [1810-1849]: At age 25. This is an 1835 watercolor portrait of Polish composer Frederic Chopin, painted by then-16-year-old Maria Wodzinska (1819-96). The artist and her sitter became engaged the following year but never married each other. The portrait is described in Tad Szulc’s book Chopin in Paris (p. 137) as “one of the best portraits of Chopin extant—after that by Delacroix—with the composer looking relaxed, pensive, and at peace.”
Credit: pl:Maria Wodzińska, copied by Nihil novi: 2010 June 24
Source: Wikipedia