Chopin's Long Shadow

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He was born in Poland; his given name was Fryderyk. He moved to Paris, presumably to be closer to actual vowels, and became Frederic Chopin. And while he died young, shortly before his 40th birthday, he would cast a very long shadow on anyone who touched a piano after him. A shadow long enough to reach today’s composers, including another vowel-challenged Polish pianist/composer named Leszek Mozdzer, the Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw and various others. 

We’ll hear Chopin, and then hear his influence refracted through the lens of these contemporary composers, on this week’s edition of The Furthermore.

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Program playlist:  

Chopin: Waltz in D-flat (The Minute Waltz)
Maurizio Pollini, piano

Chad Lawson: Chopin Nocturne in Fm, Op 55 #1 Variation for Pf, Vn, Vc
Chad Lawson Trio

Olafur Arnalds/Alice Sara Ott: Eyes Shut (Nocturne in C Minor)
Alice Sara Ott, piano; The Chopin Project

Olafur Arnalds/Alice Sara Ott: Reminiscence
Alice Sara Ott, piano; The Chopin Project

Philip Glass: Etude No. 2 for piano
Dennis Russell Davies, piano

DBR (Daniel Bernard Roumain): Hip Hop Studies and Etudes: Etude in Dm
Jade Simmonds, piano

Poppy Ackroyd: Feathers
Poppy Ackroyd, piano, violin, electronics

Chopin: Mazurka in Am, Op 17/4
Ignaz Jan Paderewski, piano

Caroline Shaw: Gustave le Gray (after Mazurka in Am, Op 17/4)
Timo Andres, piano

Leszek Mozdzer: Improvisation on Mazurka Op 24/2
Leszek Mozdzer, piano