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Back Keys & Butterflies - reimagining Chopin's Etude No. 5

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Published on Aug 12, 2016

Based on Chopin's Étude No. 5 in G-Flat Major, Op. 10, “Black Keys and Butterflies” is one of ten new arrangements of my favorite Chopin masterpieces for piano on my latest recording: OF TWO MINDS.

Each arrangement rethinks Chopin within the contemporary worlds of jazz, New Age and neoclassical works. With this piece, I wanted to use a left hand early Jazz vibe to create a new rhythm bed over which Chopin's fast paced melody could float. I ended up inserting several notes to his fast right hand lines in order to fill out the new rhythmic meter.

Adding notes to Chopin runs seems a very flighty endeavor, indeed. Thus, amending the more traditional title “Black Keys” with “Butterflies” seemed appropriate. This piece is often played with a certain frantic muscularity. I tried to give it a naturalistic gracefulness. “Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile.” (George Sand)

I've illustrated the music with what seems like the infinite and delicate beauty of butterflies. Hope you enjoy the synergy.

To hear more experiments with Chopin, please see tobinmueller.com/chopin. Free downloads available.

"Of Two Minds" is the third and final album of my "Masterworks Trilogy" exploring the relationships between jazz and classical music. Please see my official website for more information. www.tobinmueller.com

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