Soundtrack: Chopin’s Ballades No. 1-4

“Portrait of Fryderyk Chopin” by Maria Wodzinska, 1836.

We live in a world with a barrage of information, very little of which is positive, especially right now. So I’m offering you all a bit of respite in the form of some classical piano music! The instrumental nature of this genre leaves plenty of room for interpretation, so please take whatever you need from this music. If you’d like, you can try creating an environment that helps you focus – dim the lights, wear some headphones, take a bath – whatever works for you!

Classical piano is a huge subject with centuries of history so, for the sake of this post, I decided to share some of my favorite pieces by one of my favorite composers. Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) was a Romantic-era composer who wrote almost exclusively for solo piano. Chopin created a new musical form, which he called the ballade, to write these four beautiful, dramatic, and emotional pieces of music:

          • Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
          • Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
          • Ballade No. 3 in Ab major, Op. 47
          • Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

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All Robbins all evening: a Pacific Northwest Ballet Preview

Pacific Northwest Ballets dancers inDiscover the artistry of choreographer Jerome Robbins at a lecture and video preview of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s program, All Robbins. All Robbins includes three ballets: Fancy Free, In the Night and The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody) with music by Leonard Bernstein and Chopin.

Doug Fullington, Educational Programs Manager at PNB will discuss the cheorographer and the three ballets and answer questions Continue reading “All Robbins all evening: a Pacific Northwest Ballet Preview”