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Chopin: Etude No. 11 in A minor, “The Winter Wind”

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Keeping warm at the keyboard

Frédéric Chopin is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists that ever lived. His virtuosic compositions clearly show that he was a prodigiously gifted musician and a radically amazing performer. In addition to flashy compositions for the concert hall, Chopin composed two collections of etudes that still frustrate the living daylights out of piano students to this day. Chopin’s etudes are some of the most challenging and evocative pieces of all the works in the concert piano repertoire. Some are so popular that over time they have been given nicknames, such as the name “The Winter Wind” for this etude. Although none of the nicknames were officially titled by Chopin himself, they create interesting pretext and encourage the imagination to fabricate epic works embodied by these studies. Chopin composed a total of 27 etudes, twelve each in Op. 10 and Op. 25 and the “3 New Etudes”. The “Winter Wind” etude is taken from the Op. 25 collection, which was dedicated by Chopin to the mistress of Franz Liszt.

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Frédéric Chopin : Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor, “The Winter Wind"
Yundi Li, piano — Chopin Recital (Deutsche Grammophon, 2003)
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Frédéric Chopin : Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor, “The Winter Wind"
Yundi Li, piano — Chopin Recital (Deutsche Grammophon, 2003)
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