Chopin’s Other Favorite Instrument: An Exploration of Chopin’s Music for the ‘Cello
Evan Drachman, cellist and Artistic Director for The Piatigorsky Foundation
Frederic Chopin was one of the greatest pianists of all time. In addition to performing, he composed a large body of works primarily for his own instrument. These works have stood the test of time and have been beloved by musicians and audiences since their conception. Chopin’s music possesses a quality of both lyricism and technical virtuosity. The technical challenges in this music changed the scope of the piano’s capabilities. Interestingly, Chopin wrote for only one other instrument. He composed three works for ‘cello and piano as well as a trio for piano, violin and ‘cello. Drachman will discuss Chopin’s music for the cello as well as perform his great Sonata Op. 65 in G minor with pianist Richard Dowling.
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