On Friday 7th March 2010, at 8 pm, organized a big concert to celebrate the 200 anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin. This invitation was open to all students of the college, which had the opportunity to hear two concerts for piano, of the great Polish composer. The concert brings together two music teachers of the College: soloist and piano: Ms. Tatiana Papageorgiou and Mr. Dimitris Toufexis, piano and conducting and as well as the orchestra of Deree. The concert took place in the theater of Pierce. When I arrived at the theater and found the place had to sit, I took a look at the stage. The musicians, however, had not yet risen to the stage. A few minutes later began to enter the first musicians to take sides on stage. Thus, the stage slowly stuffing and everything was ready to begin the concert. Onto the stage was about twenty-five musicians with many different musical instruments. Some of the players rehearsing and others tune their instruments. At 8 pm, the show started and so all the audience we are happy to hear the first concert. This was a very potential and simultaneously romantic song, with many music rotations. After a relatively long time, the first concert is over. After this, it was time for the second concert, where it was also a romantic and a very beautiful piece.
As I remember the second part was much lively than the first one. The first concert was a project that Chopin had composed in 1833. The piece is divided into three movements and all together it takes about 40 minutes. As mentioned above the style of this piece is romantic, so lets the listener in a pleasant atmosphere and passes a happy feeling. The instruments participating in this piece are as follows: orchestra – 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, tuba, timpani, strings and solo – piano. The three movements that contains is: 1) Allegro maestoso, 2) Romance – Larghetto, 3) Rondo – Vivace. In the first movement, the exposition modulates to the parallel major, i-I, instead of the expected i-III. In fact, the Romance is the only movement where the second theme of the exposition fits the classical model of modulating to the dominant (I-V), although even there, when the second theme returns, it modulates to the mediant (III). The second concert was composed in 1830, before he had finished his formal education — he was around 20 years old. It was first performed on 17 March 1830, in Warsaw, Poland, with the composer as soloist. It was the second of his piano concertos to be published (after the Piano Concerto No. 1), and so was designated as “No. 2,” although it was written first.
The work contains the three movements typical of instrumental concertos of the period:
1) Maestoso, 2) Larghetto, 3) Allegro vivace. In the finale, the violins are at one point instructed to play col legno (with the wood of the bow). The main theme of the final movement, as introduced by the piano, is classic Chopin – a delicate and yearningly poignant melody reminiscent of some of his mazurkas. The second concert lasts 30 minutes. To conclude, the great majority of Chopin’s compositions were written for the piano as solo instrument; all his extant works feature the piano in one way or another. They are technically demanding but emphasize nuance and expressive depth. Chopin invented musical forms such as the instrumental ballade and made major innovations to the piano sonata, mazurka, waltz, nocturne, polonaise, etude, impromptu and prelude. The two concerts we had the opportunity to follow-up was very nice, and Mrs. Papageorgiou and Mr. Toufexis, but the orchestra of Deree, was very good. I hope, I can again in the future to attend to such a fantastic concert, either again devoted to Chopin, whether devoted to another composer.