Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

Happy World Piano Day!

Today, I saw a post by the record label Deutsche Grammophon on their YouTube channel, celebrating the day. I’ve already featured a couple of their pianists, so I thought I would look for another soloist’s performance in the suggested videos sidebar.

I found one of Russian-German pianist Olga Scheps playing the magnificent Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Opus 23 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). Chopin began composing the piece in sketches in 1831 and completed it in 1835.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that listening to music is life-giving for me. Watching people play musical instruments is a real joy, too, particularly the piano, as the performers’ complex movements across the keyboard look magical to me. Scheps’ playing is truly stunning in this piece, and the multi-angle shooting of the video provides excellent views of her handiwork.

The ballade is a central piece in the Roman Polanski film, The Pianist (2002) and is featured in several other movies. It is an incredible piece of music.

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s a video of the piece being performed during a 2015 recital at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, in Hesse, Germany, from Olga Scheps’ official YouTube channel:

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