This week you will be listening to the music of Frederic Chopin, a Polish composer who spent his adult life living in France.  He lived from 1810-1849 and in his short life significantly contributed to the body of piano literature, writing almost exclusively for the piano.  He developed a style of music which called for a  beautiful singing tone, known as cantabile, and he is often referred to as the “poet of the piano.”   The piece you will hear is an Etude which means “study” or a composition meant to develop a specific technique.  He wrote 24 Etudes, one in each key, similar to Bach’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, and while they do require great technical skill, the pieces are also very beautiful and musically satisfying.  This particular Etude is nicknamed the “Revolutionary Etude” as Chopin wrote it wanting to express the solidarity and passion he felt for the Poles fighting for their freedom in his native Poland.  I’m going to post two different performers playing the same piece so you can hear how one piece of music can be interpreted in different ways.  Happy listening!