Frédéric Chopin and the Use of Instrumental Ballades

 

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Frédéric Chopin
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A graduate of the New York University School of Law, Scott Perlov is an attorney with more than a decade of experience. In addition to his current work as a corporate and transactional attorney at Bryan Cave LLP in Boulder, Colorado, Scott Perlov is a concert pianist who favors the work of Frédéric Chopin.

Chopin was a Polish pianist and composer known for his technical and sensitive style. He is often considered Poland’s greatest composer. Chopin was born in 1810 in Zelazowa Wola and passed away in Paris in 1849. During his life, Chopin composed works such as the Nocturnes of Opp. 9 and 15 and the Scherzo in B-flat minor. In addition, he is credited with introducing instrumental ballades.

An instrumental ballade is a lyrical and dramatic form of romantic music. Most commonly composed for a solo piano or orchestras, instrumental ballades are narrative in style in that the musical parts occur in a determined order with common themes dispersed throughout. Chopin first used the terms for his piano ballades Nos. 1 to 4, Opp. 23, 38, 47, 52, in the 19th century. Since that time, instrumental ballades have also been developed for instruments other than the piano.

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