"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art."
"I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness. And yet I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them."
"If the mighty autocrat of the north knew what a dangerous enemy threatened him in Chopin's works in the simple tunes of his mazurkas, he would forbid this music. Chopin's works are canons buried in flowers."
"Chopin has written two wonderful mazurkas which are worth more than forty novels and are more eloquent than the entire century's literature."
When I think about the essence of playing the piano, the essence of music and of the human soul, I cannot think of any other composer than Chopin... He touched in an incredibly subtle way the very deepest source of human emotions : love, sadness, nostalgia, melancholy... awaiting, dreaming, crying, hoping, praying, despairing, fighting, giving up and starting all over again. Even when he composes in a major key, where there are usually moments of pure joy and optimism, Chopin's music is still different. His hope is hopeless, remaining just like a dream and never becoming reality, it is somehow premonitory. Chopin is life in all its aspects, as complete as anyone can find themselves in music... This is the reason why his music touches it's listeners so deeply, he touches the deepest string of the human soul. The piano is his best friend, his confident, his everything. The mazurkas are the quintessential representation of his music at it's best, small pieces like jewels, incredibly precious and intimate, the deep simplicity becoming music.
As for Chopin and for most musicians I think, music is my entire life. Each composer offers another perspective, another world to understand, another psychological and spiritual figure to conquer... Each piece is an island, a small part of the big kingdom named music. Playing piano and dedicating myself to this art means worshiping beauty, perfection, purity, nature and all things inherently good!. Playing piano is not a profession, it is a way of living, a way of thinking and of waking up in the morning with the strong and wonderful desire of becoming better as a pianist, as a musician, as an intellectual, as an artist, as a human being... aware of the fact that there will always be things to learn, to understand and that it will be impossible to have answers for all of your questions!
Music!...the biggest mystery, the highest beauty, the unseen, the unspoken, the undescribable, the unbelievable... all becoming one, the language of the Soul...
Chopin, Mazurka, Opus 64, Number 4
Chopin, Mazurka, Opus 17, Number 4
by Ramona Munteanu, Concert Pianist, Venice, Italy.