Acclaimed Pianist Marjan Kiepura Performs the Mazurkas of Frederic Chopin

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Pianist Marjan Kiepura has released ten new video clips featuring the Mazurkas of Frederic Chopin.

Marjan Keipura performs chopin

Marjan Kiepura

In making these videos, I had a special purpose - to observe Chopin as a person deeply affected by influences, chiefly what one might call the essence of his heritage - the Polish earth - which never left him and which informed so much of his music.

Acclaimed pianist Marjan Kiepura has released ten video clips on PatriaMusic.com featuring the Mazurkas of Frederic Chopin. The program includes brief introductions to each work and includes mainly Mazurkas but also examples from other genre including the Prelude, Waltz and Nocturne.

It was in the Mazurka dance form where Chopin found the ultimate vehicle to express his most personal side as a composer, that being his devotion to his native Poland. Images of the Polish country side from his childhood, and their dance rhythms, left an indelible mark on Frederic Chopin. He would later transform the existing Mazurka form and raise it to the highest level of sophistication and élan. There are six Mazurkas including Op. 24, No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 2 in C-sharp minor, Op 68, No. 2 in A minor, Op. 7, No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 50, No. 2 in A-flat major and Op. 68, No. 3 in F major.

Marjan Kiepura, who has made a particular specialism of Chopin’s Mazurkas over many years, believes they provide the key to Chopin’s personality and in particular, his idiomatic Polish traits, more than any other genre in which he composed.

Commenting on this release, he said: - "In making these videos, I had a special purpose - to observe Chopin as a person deeply affected by influences, chiefly what one might call the essence of his heritage - the Polish earth - which never left him and which informed so much of his music. In my playing, I always try to convey the particular Polish characteristics of his music which I feel intuitively - namely, the rhythms, inflections and emphases.”

This video presentation is rounded out with examples from other genre by Chopin mainly to show how well Mazurkas work when programmed next to other musical forms. These include the Raindrop Prelude in D-flat, Op. 28, No. 15, the “Adieu” Waltz in A- flat, Op. 69. No. 1 and the Nocturne in E-Flat, Op 9, No. 2.

This is a follow-up project to Marjan Kiepura’s acclaimed debut Chopin CD entitled “Images of a Homeland”, catalog number KIE2000.

The CD and MP3s are available from to purchase on http://www.patriamusic.com.

Marjan Kiepura has a channel on http://www.youtube.com where these videos may be viewed.

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