And there we have it. I’ve sight-read through most of Chopin’s solo piano music – all the Preludes, Etudes, Nocturnes, Waltzes, Ballades, Impromptus, Mazurkas and a few miscellaneous pieces (notably absent – the Polonaises and Sonatas). Definite favourites have emerged – not just as individual pieces, but as genres. The nocturnes, preludes and ballades are dearest to my heart.
And now I’m at the delicious moment of deciding what to tackle next – rather like standing in front of my bookshelf once I’ve finished a novel. I’m savouring the indecision for a few days.
“Bach is like an astronomoer who, with the help of ciphers, finds the most wonderful stars… Beethoven embraced the universe with the power of his spirit… I do not climb so high. A long time ago I decided that my universe will be the heart and soul of man.” ~Frederic Chopin