“The Soul in Golden Dreams”

Posted on Nov 29, 2011

In the late 1830s Frederic Chopin composed a series of 24 short pieces for the piano, one for each key. These preludes are consistently ranked among the greatest music ever written, and certainly cemented Chopin’s well-deserved reputation as the best composer for piano.

Franz Liszt said, “Chopin’s Preludes are compositions of an order entirely apart… they are poetic preludes, analogous to those of a great contemporary poet, who cradles the soul in golden dreams…”

Shortly before he died in Paris in the fall of 1849, Chopin requested that Mozart’s Requiem be sung at his funeral. He also asked that his Fourth Prelude be played— without a doubt, one of the most beautiful, haunting, moving pieces ever composed.

Imagine nearly three thousand mourners at the Church of the Madeleine sitting in complete silence listening to this.

Frederic Chopin’s Prelude Op. 24, No. 4 in E Minor:

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