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Anna Fedorova

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St John's Smith SquareSmith Square, London, London, Greater London, SW1P 3HA, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 19:30
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Frédéric Chopin's four ballades are one-movement pieces for solo piano, composed between 1831 and 1842. They are some of the most challenging pieces in the standard piano repertoire.

The term ballade was used by Chopin in the sense of a balletic interlude or dance-piece, equivalent to the ancient Italian ballata, but the term may also have connotations of the medieval heroic ballad, a narrative minstrel-song, often of a fantastical character. There are dramatic and dance-like elements in Chopin's use of the genre, and he may be said to be a pioneer of the ballade as an abstract musical form. The four ballades are said to have been inspired by the poet Adam Mickiewicz.

The exact inspiration for each individual ballade, however, is unclear and disputed. Besides sharing the title, the four ballades are entities distinct from each other.

The four ballades are among the most enduring of Chopin's compositions and are frequently heard in concerts.

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