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Category Archive: Frederic Chopin

Chopin at MSP, courtesy of Ingrid Fliter

Posted at 3:33 PM on February 22, 2012 by Rex Levang (1 Comments)
Filed under: Frederic Chopin

Quite recently, a passenger got off a flight at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

There was a grand piano there, and even though it had been a long international flight, she decided to play a little something.

The passenger is Ingrid Fliter--this week's guest soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra.

See her performance, and read some comments here.

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I (heart) Chopin...

Posted at 5:00 AM on July 30, 2008 by Gillian Martin
Filed under: Frederic Chopin

...and Poland (heart)s Chopin's heart. While most of Chopin's body is buried in France, where he spent most of his professional career, he asked that his heart be taken back to his homeland. It is kept in a pillar in a church in Warsaw.

Scientists recently asked the Polish government if they could borrow the heart for a while in order to do some DNA testing on it. Read the whole story here.

Chopin No Yume

Posted at 2:06 PM on August 29, 2007 by John Birge
Filed under: Frederic Chopin

And the number one XBox 360 video game in Japan?
Guitar Hero II? Madden NFL 08? Guess again.

It's "Eternal Sonata," which the creators describe as a role playing game "set in the fever dreams of Frederic Chopin. On his deathbed, Chopin dreams of a world in terrible danger. Fortunately, ten heroes are willing to band together and battle the evil Count Waltz. Each character comes with their own musical influences and unique attacks."

In Japan it's called Chopin No Yume. And yes, this video game has a Chopin soundtrack (btw, that's Russian pianist Stanislav Bunin performing the Chopin):

Fancy Footwork by an Organist

Posted at 12:12 PM on July 20, 2007 by Rex Levang
Filed under: Frederic Chopin

If you check out this video of a July 5 recital by pipe organ phenom Cameron Carpenter, you'll see:

1) more of the soloist than you often get to see at an organ recital
2) some amazing footwork in the first piece (a transcription of Chopin's "Revolutionary" Etude)
3) a refreshing alternative to the usual classical-music-soloist garb.

Chopin meets Xbox

Posted at 11:22 PM on June 27, 2006 by John Birge
Filed under: Frederic Chopin, The blog

Chopin no Yume (Chopin's Dream) is a brand new role playing game developed for the Xbox 360. The game takes place in a dream world where where those with incurable illnesses possess magical powers. Chopin explores this world with a young girl named Polka and a boy named Allegretto. Considering the identity of the key character, it comes as no surprise that music has a special emphasis. Russian pianist Stanislav Bunin performs the Chopin. Description and links to screenshots here.