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Chopin's Mazurkas

Stephen Johnson is joined by pianist Ashley Wass at the Birmingham Conservatoire to explore some of the intricacies and folk-music elements in Chopin's mazurkas and polonaises.

As part of the 2010 Birmingham International Piano Academy, Stephen Johnson is joined by pianist Ashley Wass at the Birmingham Conservatoire to explore the intricacies and folk-music elements in Chopin's Mazurkas and Polonaises. It's widely thought that Chopin's first ever composition was a Polonaise (which he wrote at the age of seven) and his last, fittingly, was a Mazurka. His 58 Mazurkas and 25 Polonaises, based on traditional Polish folk-dances, signalled new ideas of musical nationalism which influenced and inspired other composers to support their national music.

1 hour, 30 minutes