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An emotional and complex piano solo which is alleged to be Chopin's attempt to reflect his unhappiness in Vienna. It has been widely used in films, (such as 'The Pianist'), and even in video games, 'Fallout 4').
The minor key of this waltz gives the piece a melancholic, almost sad feel. The soloist plays at a medium tempo without straying too far from the initial melody, then a more optimistic section lifts the gloom before it returns to melancholy to finish.
A playful waltz with a slight tinge of regret. 'The Farewell Waltz', was written by Chopin for a love he was once engaged to. An affectionate piece with a hint of sorrow and melancholy.
The start to this Chopin waltz is elegant and almost sedate. But then the contrast is shown by very fast sections that leave you whirling and spinning with delight.
Only sixteen bars long, this is a beautiful prelude. Graceful, serene and delicate it allows the listener to relax and unwind in a calm and peaceful way. Used in many productions and commercials worldwide.
Sad and devoid of hope, this Chopin composition was played at his own funeral. It has been popular in recent film and TV productions including 'The Pianist' and 'The West Wing'.
One of Chopin's twenty four preludes which starts very quietly. A note repeats like the pitter-patter of raindrops. A more intense section rises like a heavy storm shower before fading away to leave us with the soft sound of the light raindrops again.
A very popular composition which has been used on countless productions and adverts. A lilting melody above a waltz like accompaniment gets more complex and intense as we're taken on an emotional journey.
A piano solo that starts peacefully and delicately before rising to an emotional crescendo, then dropping back to a serene finish. An atmospheric piece that showcases Chopin's mastery of the piano.
Beautiful melodies glide with effortless grace at the start of this famous Chopin piano solo. It becomes more intense before a soft ending. Used in many productions such as the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me'.
A tender start to this lovely piano solo. The middle section rises with increasing emotion before settling down with the piece ending very much as it had started in a calm and peaceful way.
The tempo instruction on the score is 'molto vivace', (very lively), and it certainly is swift and joyous. A very famous piece which is used as the theme for the hugely popular BBC radio show 'Just A Minute'.
Chopin composed many mazurkas, (a Polish folk dance), and this is one of his most familiar. Not too fast, but swirling and with a light playfulness, it has a calmer interlude before resuming the dance.
Bristling with energy, this lively waltz for solo piano surges with huge confidence and presence. Requires great skill from the performer to keep up with the pace. Regarded by some as the first of Chopin's waltzes to be published.
A serene start with beautiful melodies produces a sentimental and loving atmosphere. This contrasts with the more upbeat, almost dance-like passage which in turns into a dramatic, powerful and forceful section before returning to a calm ending. Used widely in advertising and film and TV productions.
Delicate lullaby for piano written by Chopin as variations on a theme. It showcases the inventiveness of the composer as ideas evolve. Lose yourself in this sweet and mellow composition.
Dancing melodies bounce and sparkle in this glorious waltz for piano. A calmer section allows you to get your breath back before reverting to its sprightly and up-tempo feeling.