Sad and devoid of hope, this Chopin composition was played at his own funeral. It has been popular in recent film and TV productions including 'The Pianist' and 'The West Wing'.
Gymnopodie No. 2 has an aura of sombreness about it. 'Lent et triste', (slow and sad), is the instruction to the player. Very atmospheric with a feeling of calm resignation. Huge amounts of space in the composition for thoughtful reflection.
Bristling with energy, this lively waltz for solo piano surges with huge confidence and presence. Requires great skill from the performer to keep up with the pace. Regarded by some as the first of Chopin's waltzes to be published.
A playful waltz with a slight tinge of regret. 'The Farewell Waltz', was written by Chopin for a love he was once engaged to. An affectionate piece with a hint of sorrow and melancholy.
Light, delicate and playful this was originally written for piano and has since become very popular with guitarists. Very much in a Spanish style it reflects on childhood with love and affection.