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Hommage à Chopin
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for the UNESCO concert in Paris on 3 October 1949 celebrating the Chopin centenary where it was performed by Arnaldo Estrella

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'Hommage à Chopin' (CDA67803)
Hommage à Chopin
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Movement 1: Nocturne
Movement 2: Ballade

Hommage à Chopin
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Villa-Lobos’s Hommage à Chopin is in two movements, both musical forms associated with Chopin: ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Ballade’. While using recognizable Chopinesque figurations and accompaniment, he goes beyond mere pastiche to create a dark, brooding undercurrent with his own idiomatic harmonies. The atmospheric ‘Nocturne’ has a timeless quality; the ‘Ballade’ is stormy and confrontational with strong references to Chopin’s First Ballade. The premiere performance in Paris was given by Arnaldo Estrella.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2010

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