What Chopin’s work teaches us about finding joy through a commitment to mastering the piano

27th May 2018

Delicate, intricate and intense, the music Chopin wrote for the piano set him aside as one of the greatest pianists of all time.

A child prodigy, Chopin was playing concerts in his Polish homeland aged just seven after discovering his amazing talent while still a small child.

Delicate in physique, he also brought a delicacy to his playing, yet rather than spend his years playing out concert halls, Chopin largely shunned large scale events for intimate performances and crafting his own songs.

Intricate piano music

It was in the creation of these compositions that his genius was able to flourish, most notably his incredible dexterity when playing the piano.

His finger movements were exceptional and brought a mesmerising level of emotional intricacy to his playing and composition. Pushing the expectations of piano playing further, the complexity of his work introduced a new dimension to music composed for the instrument.

In his quest to bring a new dimension to piano music, Chopin complemented his intricate playing with frequent use of ‘rubato’ to bring a varied pace to compositions by speeding up and slowing down the music.

This excellence and dedication to developing a technically difficult style of playing is the foundation of his masterpieces, which include Funeral March and Minute Waltz.

Take inspiration from Chopin

So what can the amateur pianist take from the story of Chopin’s genius? An appreciation of technical excellence.

Practice is invaluable to developing the skills that make music such as Chopin’s come alive and it is only through a commitment to practice that a player can develop the dexterity that Chopin made such great use of in the music that he brought to the world.

While also being technically demanding his music carries simplicity that keen players can understand. Chopin’s music reveals to the keen amateur what piano music can achieve when the bigger picture is considered.

A good grounding is essential to develop and understand the skills and the mix of demands on the pianist to learn and enjoy to play music. While Chopin’s genius may have set him apart, all pianists can enjoy the steps they take to enjoy ever greater mastery of the keyboard – and the capability that gives to play ever more difficult music.

If you are interested in learning to play the piano or want to upgrade your current instrument, contact Broughton Pianos to find out what piano will best suit your needs.