Saturday, 9 June 2007


It's raining in Sydney and other parts of NSW, and will keep doing so for the rest of the week, we're told.

This would be a good day to play Chopin's Raindrop Prelude (D flat major), except Fifi doesn't like the middle section. Perhaps I'll just play the beginning and the end. If someone drove a new car past the piano while I was doing it we'd have the start of a really good TV ad.

This article shows the first line of the autograph edition. What elegant handwriting!

1 comment:

David McKay said...

People always talk about Mozart as a great prodigy, composing and performing as he did from the age of 4 or 5.

But if you compare Chopin's earliest works, from about the age of 7, they are amazingly intricate and much harder than anything Mozart wrote as a lad. You can buy Alfred's publications of Chopin's earliest works and of his easiest works. The earliest are by no means easy, and many of the easier works are not the earliest works.

So far, I've not seen anything cleverer, written at such a young age from well known composers, but I'm happy to be corrected.