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#654820 - 02/07/03 05:29 PM Chopin Trivia, somebody?
Praetorian_AD Offline
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Right, since he's so popular around here, y'all should know some of these:

1. What was Chopin's favourite of his pieces, as he told Schumann? (it was Schumann's favourite too, apparently)

2. What was Schumann's famous exclamation when introducing Chopin to the musical world in his review? What metaphor did he later use to describe Chopin's style?

3. What was Chopin's least favourite of his studies?

4. What did Chopin want done with his unpublished works after he died? What really happened?

5. Where did Chopin write his famous 'Raindrop prelude'?

6. Who were the two composers that Chopin admired above all others?

7. In what genres were his his first and final published pieces written (i.e. Prelude, Rondo, etc)?

8. Who was the virtuoso whose piano playing Chopin adored for awhile, to the point of almost joining his well-known school of piano playing?

9. What famous two musical figures were present at Chopin's debut recital in early 1832?

10. And finally, what did Chopin used to do whenever he heard music in his youth?

Good luck \:\) (if these are too easy, I'll post harder ones)

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#654821 - 02/07/03 05:58 PM Re: Chopin Trivia, somebody?
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4. He wanted them to be destroyed, but they were, as we know, published anyway.

5. Mallorca.
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#654822 - 02/07/03 06:28 PM Re: Chopin Trivia, somebody?
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2. What was Schumann's famous exclamation when introducing Chopin to the musical world in his review? What metaphor did he later use to describe Chopin's style?
"Hat's off, gentlemen! A genius!" / "Canon buried in flowers"

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6. Who were the two composers that Chopin admired above all others?
Bach, Mozart

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8. Who was the virtuoso whose piano playing Chopin adored for awhile, to the point of almost joining his well-known school of piano playing?
Kalkbrenner
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#654823 - 02/08/03 02:45 PM Re: Chopin Trivia, somebody?
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Very Good! \:\) All correct thus far...

PS In addition to Bach and Mozart, Chopin apparently praised Bellini's operas, where he got some of his melodic ideas from.

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#654824 - 02/11/03 08:52 PM Re: Chopin Trivia, somebody?
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1. Op10 N 3 etude?

3. Op10 N5 etude
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#654825 - 02/12/03 03:26 PM Re: Chopin Trivia, somebody?
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RIGHT, here are the definitive and actual answers, except for the ones which have already been answered:

1. Chopin's (and Schumann's) actual favourite piece of his was actually his first Ballade Op. 23 in G Minor. Op10 No3 Etude wasn't a far off guess, Stansteel, I think Chopin acknowledged this as his finest melody.

3. Yup absolutely right Stan.

7. The first piece Chopin ever published was a Polonaise (actually it was a set of two), in 1817 (he was only seven!) They're not half-bad either!

His last piece was the murky and mysterious F Minor mazurka Op. Posth in 1849, the year of his death.

9. Both Liszt and Mendelssohn were present at Chopin's debut in Paris in 1832 (he played his Op10 Etudes and some other stuff I think). They soon became deep admirers of his music.

10. And finally, whenever he heard music in his youth, he used to burst out in tears!! Awwwww..... \:\(

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#654826 - 02/13/03 07:15 AM Re: Chopin Trivia, somebody?
magnezium Offline
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was the F minor Mazurka (I presume the one from Op. 68) really published by Chopin himself? wasn't the last piece he published the Cello sonata, Op. 65?

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#654827 - 02/13/03 02:39 PM Re: Chopin Trivia, somebody?
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Yeah, good point, Chopin's Op. numbers are a little mixed up in places. Oh well, it was one of those, I guess. :p

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