Ballads of Chopin are as new and bold a word in the history of musical art as Chopin’s polonaises and mazurkas. The genre definition of “ballad” entered music from folk poetry and fiction.
At the beginning of the 19th century, vocal ballads became widespread (recall the famous “Forest Tsar” by Schubert). Chopin was the first to introduce the ballad genre into instrumental music.
Chopin’s ballads are epic-dramatic pieces with a broad, symphonic type, the development of musical images. They are justly considered the direct predecessors of Liszt’s symphonic poems.
Today we will listen to 4 Chopin ballads performed by the talented pianist Nikolai Petrov.
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