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Chopin's Revolutionary Etude reinterpreted

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Published on Nov 14, 2016

This is my interpretation and rearrangement of Chopin's Étude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12, retitled "Revolutionary Disquisition" for my album "Of Two Minds." I start with Chopin yet quickly morph into jazz-influenced chord substitutions and stylistic flights of fancy, internalizing Chopin's deep emotions and using his astounding composition to explore new sounds. I hope you enjoy it.

The Revolutionary Étude was written during the November Uprising of 1831, an armed rebellion in the heartland of partitioned Poland against the Russian Empire. (Large segments of Lithuania, Belarus, and the right-bank of Ukraine soon joined.) When Russia first invaded Poland, Chopin fled to Paris as a political exile, where he became friends with the cultural elite of the day, including composers Franz List, Hector Berlioz, Felix Mendelssohn, Vincenzo Bellini, and later, the writer George Sand (Lady Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin). The end of the 12th Étude alludes to Beethoven's last piano sonata, a piece Chopin greatly admired. Chopin was forever homesick for Poland and carried a small container of Polish soil at all times. Upon his death, at age 39, this soil was poured out over his coffin. “The capacity of passion is both cruel and divine.” (George Sand)

For more interpretations of Chopin's piano music, as well as original pieces inspired by his Préludes, please see my website: tobinmueller.com/chopin

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