We were in attendance to hear my friend's student, Zau Grin Wawhkyung, play Chopin's Scherzo in C# minor, Op. 39. While all of the performances were quite masterful, this Chopin piece was, for me, the most impressive. My non-virtuosic, non-competent experience with placing my fingers on piano keys has taught me to be in awe of fine players who not only master complex combinations of notes, but also play them from memory. Play this part loud, use the middle pedal for these 3.6 seconds, play this part softly, bring out the middle voice in this section...the performer is using every part of their brain to make that music happen, and in the case of Chopin's Scherzo in C# minor, Op. 39, will not lose concentration for just over seven minutes. I've attended hundreds of recitals and concerts, and I'm still fascinated by the concentration required to perform a piece like this.
The Scherzo in C# minor, Op. 39, was composed in part on the
From what I read in my travel literature, Mallorca has some Chopin/Sand points of interest and a museum ready for me when I eventually get there. Descendants of the family who bought Chopin's Pleyel piano when the couple left the island are partially responsible for keeping the Chopin/Sand stories alive there, and pushing the destination to the top of my travel bucket list.
|This is the monastery in Mallorca where Chopin and Sand stayed|
By this time you may be interested in hearing this Scherzo from Mallorca. I hope you are. I don't have a video of virtuosic student Zau Grin Wawhkyung performing it, but I can fix you up with an Arthur Rubinstein video. Listen for the high cascading notes interspersed throughout. They give the piece a magical feel, don't you think? (And don't miss the Chopin portrait on the wall!)