The Romantic Era

nineteenth century

(Classical Music Map)


I. History of Classical Music  (by John Stanley)
The great composers and their masterworks in MP3 format
Albeniz Borodin Donizetti Hindemith Prokofiev Schutz
Albinoni Brahms Dowland Janacek Puccini Scriabin
Allegri Britten Dvorak Kodaly Purcell Sibelius
Arne Bruckner Falla Leoncavallo Rachmaninov Smetana
Auber Busoni Field Liszt Rameau Strauss J.S.
Bach Byrd Gabrieli Lully Ravel Strauss R.
Barber Carissimi Gershwin Mahler Respighi Stravinsky
Bartok Charpentier Gesualdo Mendelssohn Rimsky-Korsakov Tallis
Beethoven Cherubini Glinka Meyerbeer Rossini Tchaikovsky
Bellini Chopin Gluck Monteverdi Saint-Saens Telemann
Bernstein Clementi Gounod Mozart Scarlatti Verdi
Berwald Corelli Grieg Mussorgsky Schoenberg Victoria
Berlioz Couperin Handel Pachelbel Shostakovich Villa-Lobos
Bizet Debussy Haydn Paganini Schubert Vivaldi
Boccherini Delibes Hildegard Palestrina Schumann Wagner
Orff  "Carmina Burana"
II. History of Jazz

Frederic Chopin



The Polish composer Frederic Chopin was born in Zelasowa Wola and studied music from the age of six. By the time he-was seven, he had begun his career as a concert pianist and had his first piece published. He entered the Warsaw Conservatory and after diligent study emerged with honours in 1829.

His first trip abroad was to Vienna, where he gave two successful concerts. Life outside Poland was seductive, and after a brief visit home Chopin left his native land for good, eventually settling in France, his father's homeland. Although only 20, he was already an accomplished pianist noted for his sensitive playing and imaginative improvisations. He had also composed two of his largest works, both piano concertos. In each work the orchestra's role is secondary to that of the soloist, whose part demands virtuoso playing of the highest standard.

Arriving in Paris in 1831 Chopin quickly made influential friends, but success was slower to come his way. Although a gifted musician, he was not a natural performer: his introverted nature did not appeal in the concert hall and his first appearance was coolly received. Chopin's response was to perform only in the Parisian Salon, which earned him the reputation of a snob. However, it was there that his intimate music was heard to best effect and he soon became one of the most popular and well-paid performers in the French capital.

The vast majority of Chopin's 170 compositions are for the piano. Bach exerted an influence, but even more so the operas of Bellini. Chopin adored soaring melodies and long sustained lines and incorporated them into his works with a generous splash of ornamentation. But paramount as an influence were the folk songs and dances of his native country. Chopin borrowed their idiosyncratic rhythms and unusual melodies for his Ballades and Mazurkas and from this rich source developed his characteristic harmonies and daring use of discords. His love of dance music can be heard in his numerous Waltzes, which are in fact impossible to dance to because of their frequent changes of tempo.

In 1837 Chopin met the novelist George Sand, with whom he lived for ten years. It was she who inspired him during his most prolific times and cared for him during the long periods when he was incapacitated with tuberculosis. After a break with Sand, Chopin gave concerts in England and Scotland in 1848, but died the next year in Paris. He left behind a rich legacy of music that has influenced composers as diverse as Brahms, Faure, and Debussy and remains as popular as ever today.


Frederic Chopin



Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)



Guiomar Novaes
Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor, Op.11
Allegro Maestoso
Romanze (Larghetto)
Rondo (Vivace)

Sylvia Capoca
Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor, Op.21
Allegro vivace

J. Robson
Polonaise in C-sharp minor
No.1 Op.26

C. Breemer
Polonaise in E-flat minor No.2 Op.26

Serg van Gennip
Polonaise op.71 no 3

S. Bisotti
Polonaise in A major No.1 Op.40  "Military"

S. Bisotti
Polonaise in C minor No.2 Op.40

S. Bisotti
Polonasie in F-sharp minor Op.44

Endre Hegedus
Grande polonaise op.22

Serg van Gennip
Polonaise no. 6 in As majeur op. 53 "Heroic"

Kaila Rochelle

Kaila Rochelle
Mazurka in D Major Op.33 No.2

Serg van Gennip
Mazurka op. 7 No. 3 in f.

Robert Stahlbrand
Prelude in C major Op.28 No.1
Prelude in A minor Op.28 No.2
Prelude in G major Op.28 No.3
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.4

Prelude in D major Op.28 No.5
Prelude in B minor Op.28 No.6
Prelude in A major Op.28 No.7
Prelude in F sharp minor Op.28 No.8
Prelude in E major Op.28 No.9
Prelude in C sharp minor Op.28 No.10
Prelude in B major Op.28 No.11
Prelude in G sharp minor Op.28 No.12
Prelude in F sharp major Op.28 No.13
Prelude in E flat minor Op.28 No.14
Prelude in D flat major Op.28 No.15 ("Raindrop")
Prelude in B flat minor Op.28 No.16
Prelude in A flat major Op.28 No.17
Prelude in F minor Op.28 No.18
Prelude in E flat major Op.28 No.19
Prelude in C minor Op.28 No.20
Prelude in B flat major Op.28 No.21
Prelude in G minor Op.28 No.22
Prelude in F major Op.28 No.23
Prelude in D minor Op.28 No.24

Tamas Vasary
B-moll op.9 No.1
Es-dur op.9 No.1
H-dur op.9 No.3
F-dur Op.15 No.1
Fis-dur Op.15 No.2
G-moll Op.15 No.3
Cis-moll Op.27 No.1
H-dur Op.32 No.1
As-dur Op.32 No.2
G-moll Op. 37 No.1
G-dur Op.37 No.2
C-moll Op.48 No.1
F-moll Op.55 No.1
E-moll Op.72 No.1
Cis-moll Op. posth.:Lento con gran espressione

Ingrid Haebler
Op.34 No.1
Op.34 No.2
Op.34 No.3
Op.64 No.1
Op.64 No.2
Op.64 No.3
Op.69 No.1
Op.69 No.2
Op.70 No.1
Op.70 No.2
Op.70 No.3
Op. Posthumous 1
Op. Posthumous 2
Op. Posthumous 3
Op. Posthumous4

Alexander Skwortsow, violin; Regina Albrink, piano
Sarasate - Nocturne

Alexander Skwortsow, violin; Bert Mooiman, piano
Nocturne (version 2)

Alexander Skwortsow, violin; Bernd Brackman, piano

Idil Birer

Idil Birer

Idil Birer
Fantasie, Op.49
Gallop Marquis
Marche Funebre

Ken Sasaki
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 ("Funeral March")
Grave; Doppio movimento
Marche funebre: Lento
Finale: Presto


Richard Rohl
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Serg van Gennip
Scherzo no. 2 in B flat minor Op. 31

Endre Hegedus
Barcarolle op.60



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