....a roundup of Chopiniana: current news, views, reviews, recordings and performances in the runup to the 200th birthday of the matchless Polish keyboard composer.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Chopin Currency - March 11, 2008

Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Cellist Oh Ah-mi's Courageous Crossover
Korea Times - South Korea

The world's first self-described "crossover cellist," breaks conventions by adding dance moves to the still-standing cello performance. “I am inspired by Vanessa Mae’s passionate playing and Beyonce’s strong stage presence" she says...

`It's really demanding, so I just have to practice that much more,'' she said. Though not a trained dancer, Oh enjoys dancing and worked with a choreographer to create moves. In her first showcase performance at Seongnam Art Center tonight, her cello will be her dance partner as she waltzes to ``Chopin's Party of Dupin,'' which was inspired by the Waltze (Op. 64 No. 2).`\

Two were inspired by well-known Chopin and Dvorak music. ``(The composer and I) discussed our work a lot. I wanted to reinterpret the music and make them ...
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Review: Traces - Les 7 Doigts de la Main
The Dominion Post - Wellington,New Zealand

Chopin cheek-by-jowl with Chinese acrobats and skateboarders....

There's endearing Chopin played live on a wonky piano, and a girl made of rubber who reads on (and through, over, under, and off) an even wonkier armchair. ...
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Chopin in the Blogosphere:

The Geometry Of Music
Partyvibes - Netherlands

From a Dutch blog: Chopin the cubist's delight, via Princeton professor Dmitri Tymoczko:

Tymoczko looked at the piece and watched the composition’s motion through his geometrical space, he saw that Chopin was moving in a systematic way among the different layers of the four-dimensional cubes. “It’s almost as if he’s an improviser with a set of rules and set of constraints,” Tymoczko says.
Music theorists have long found Chopin’s E minor prelude puzzling. , Although the chord progressions sound smooth to the ear, they don’t quite follow the ...
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Rajka - Group 3 - Tiny Murders
By seaglassgirl

To what nationality does Chopin truly belong? From an online writing workshop....

I am back in my chair, with the half-cup of Cappuccino. I put my feet up and listen, again, to Chopin. I wonder: to whom does he belong? To everyone, to no one. Another soul who transcends us all and makes us whole. Content, I listen.
Opening the Circle - http://writingfromtheheart.wordpress.com

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....is a roundup of all things Chopin leading up to the 200th anniversary of the matchless Polish composer for the piano in March 2010.