I felt like a little something in A major today, something bright, energetic.
I think I found just the thing: Chopin’s “Military” Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40 No 1.
Chopin composed it in 1838. Pianist Arthur Rubinstein described this polonaise as “the symbol of Polish glory.”1
Here is a video of pianist Rafał Blechacz playing the Polonaise in A Major. Blechacz won the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition in 2005, not only taking the First Prize, but also the polonaise, mazurka, sonata, and concerto prizes.2
I realize some of you may be reading this at night. Was that a little too intense for evening?
I hope you will enjoy this video of pianist Boris Giltburg performing the Brahms Intermezzo in A Major. Check out Boris Giltburg’s blog, Classical Music for All, right here on WordPress, and you can find his official webpage here.
Image attribution: Drawing of Chopin by Maria Wodzińska (Own work copied by Nihil novi), [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AChopin%2C_by_Wodzinska.JPG; photograph of Johannes Brahms by C. Brasch, Berlin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JohannesBrahms.jpg.