Episode 122: Chopin Goes to Hollywood

4 Mazurkas, Op. 33

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The 1945 bio-pic “A Song to Remember” seems to throw history out the window at every opportunity…

In an early scene, Chopin's teacher asks if he's playing a piece by Mozart; "No," he says. "That's Fryderyk Chopin. I wrote it!"

Fryderyk Chopin - as a young boy - is playing the Minute Waltz for his teacher when, in fact, he wrote it at the very end of his life.

Cornel Wilde as an older Chopin is having no luck breaking into the Paris musical scene, until one day he’s in the showroom of the famed music publisher and piano dealer Pleyel, pleading his case - when Franz Liszt happens to wander in and start sight-reading a piece Chopin’s teacher has left on one of the pianos…

Chopin sits at a nearby piano, and plays the 'Heroic' Polonaise with Liszt, followed by Hollywood’s most contrived handshake ever –

And Chopin’s story has been told several more times on film… Hugh Grant stars in “Impromptu” – and there’s a rather stormy and melodramatic retelling of his life in the Polish film “Desire for Love” — Chopin hears a servant playing a folk tune on a scratchy violin, noodles on the piano and… lo and behold, he’s written a Mazurka.

It’s just like in the movies! - Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr


Radio Chopin Episode 122: Chopin Goes to Hollywood

Mazurka in G-sharp minor, Op. 33, No. 1

Mazurka in D Major, Op. 33, No. 2

Mazurka in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3

Mazurka in B minor, Op. 33, No. 4