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🎻♫♪ – Études by Frédéric Chopin

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 12/501Title: Études 
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Nationality: Polish
Year:
 1830-1837

Being as transparent as I am you’ll have probably gotten that I angled for Chopin’s Études as the next classical piece for two reasons:

  1. I wanted some sort of piano music
  2. I wanted to listen to the re-listen to some of the pieces from Your Lie In April

Having listen to the 24 Études that make up Opus 10 and 25 I have a far better understanding of why these are pieces that would be picked by the characters when entering a piano competition.

The name études means ‘studies’ and that is what these pieces are. Short pieces that can be used to demonstrate technical skill on the piano. That would explain how you can end up listening to 24 of these in 70 minutes – these aren’t meant to be long pieces at all.

In Your Lie In April there are two of these pieces that are picked out and, now that I have listened to the group of 24 I can completely understand why.

Op 25, No.5 (known as Wrong Notes) is so dissonant that, when played even slightly wrong, it sounds clumsy and rather awful. When played right, however, it’s possibly the most interesting piece of the 24.

Op 25, No. 11 (known as Winter Wind) is the most powerful and emotional of the 24. Having Emi play this as a passionate reach to both Kōsei and the audience in general makes complete sense. It’s one of those pieces that makes you take notice – and not just because of the sheer dexterity required to play the theme. I mean, if you just listen to those tumbling note you cannot help but be astonished.

Other than the Your Lie In April connection I feel completely vindicated in my choice to jump to something later. Not only did I sound cultured when people asked what I was listening to and I was able to say Chopin’s Études (man, that felt good), but also this is the most I have enjoyed listening to a classical piece on headphones since we started. It’s a close run thing with Mozart’s Requiembut this just beats it.

Thanks to this I have convinced the hub to stick with the Your Lie In April theme for a while so I am going to be moving onto one of Kaori’s pieces – Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9. I only know the first boisterous movement so am keen to see how the following two parts of the sonata hold up. Apparently Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre is not on this list – a real pity.