Chopin was never one of my favorite composers. I played his pieces mostly to please others who reveled in his melancholy music.
What did I say last summer about Chopin when his Grand Valse Brillante came to me in a dream – that I thought some of his music was fluffy and maudlin? (too sentimental). And yet here he is, late my life, knocking on my doors and moving into my life again (see From my Dreams Journal: IBM AND CHOPIN, Feb 12, 2018).
Which inspired me to work on a “Chopiniada” music video. It will be a”ballet blanc” (white ballet), a shorter version of Les Sylphides, also known as “Chopiniana.”
Alexander Glazunov had already set some of the music in 1892 as a purely orchestral suite, under the title Chopiniana, Op. 46. In that form, it was introduced to the public in December 1893, conducted by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. I have also done the same, recording some of it on my Clavinova, some on my Steinway.
Once I have mastered the five new Chopin waltzes, including the two from my dream, I may produce the full version of Les Sylphides. Meanwhile, here’s an introduction to the project:
And now, here’s my abbreviated, 16-minute version of Les Sylphides ballet, which runs for about 30 minutes with a full Chopiniana suite.
“CHOPINIADA 2018”, MY PRELUDE TO “CHOPINIANA” – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded in Scottsdale, Arizona – Feb 19, 2018 on a Steinway and a Clavinova – with Mariinsky Imperial ballet Les Sylphides dance (video only)
By the way, the term Les Sylphides fits perfectly Chopin’s music. Its a French expression that comes from the “Sylphs” – mythological air spirits, like air elementals akin to Santa Tierras (female earth spirits. Maybe that’s why I used a sort of derogatory term “fluffy” to describe Chopin’s music, without realizing that at higher levels that actually means ethereal – divine – heavenly.