in A major, op. 40 no.1
by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Chopin is a sublime composer and I've always loved his music. There's one particular composition, however, that I never warmed up to. In fact, I could almost say that I loathe it.
This is the Polonaise in A major, the infamous Military Polonaise.
Perhaps I dislike it because it is mercilessly over-played. It's been a concert stage warhorse forever.
Reasons for my dislike?
The endless repeats in the piece make it seem eternal. You keep hoping it will eventually end, but it doesn't.
The piece is brazenly loud....and only gets louder. Forte inevitably crescendos to Triple Forte, without mercy.
I have dared pianists to incorporate a pianissimo into this piece and it's a complete impossibility.
turn your volume down
Reasons that I like it:
It's fun to play. Lot's of unabashed piano-pounding.
The thing is, the pianist has to have stamina and it helps to have large hands.
My hands are large. I can span an eleventh with my right hand - - and a twelfth with my left. That's very impressive.
My YouTube video of this piece leaves a lot to be desired. It's merely a "practice" video - - recorded while I was practicing, not performing.
It was recorded in Texas, when I was in my late 40's and way past my prime. It was recorded on a summer day that was nearly 110 degrees (Fahrenheit).
If nothing else, I should get kudos for successfully turning the pages.....