His first scherzo – the genre that in Chopin’s hands became “a different, a terrible, a beautiful domain” – is tumultuous and agitated for almost 4 minutes. Then – peace, warmth and light – as a Polish Christmas carol emerges.
Lullaby, Jesus, O cease from crying
Here on Thy Mother’s warm breast softly lying
Lullaby, Jesus, O sleep now my treasure,
Mother is watching with love none can measure.
A choral version of the carol – it’s long. The first 1:40 is the whole tune.
Then – Chopin’s first scherzo (Opus 20) played by Yundi Li. The carol emerges at 3:50.
Quote: James Huneker, in the introduction in the Schirmer edition of the Scherzi.
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