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This lecture meets the following New York State Learning Standards:
Language Arts 1.1 | Music 4

Chopin: Master of Lyricism


A lecture by Miltiades A. Matthias

The dreamer, the lover, the poet, the hero: that was Frederic Chopin, the great and innovative symbol of Romanticism, who lived between 1810 and 1849. Chopin created an entirely new conception of piano composition, characterized by intense emotion, ineffable lyricism, and patriotic passion for his native Poland. Pianist Miltiades Matthias will present a lecture, illustrated with live piano performances, of a wide variety of Chopin works. Nocturnes: spellbinding melodies of silken sheen floating above marvelous harmonic webs. Waltzes: elegance whirling with the febrility of love. Etudes: flying across the keyboard like birds spreading mighty wings. Preludes: exquisite little tone poems unfolding to reveal joys and sorrows. Impromptus: exuding felicity, vivacity and spontaneity; a gift of inspiration, effortless and perfect. Polonaises: true musical epics striding with might and pageantry, tracing images of awesome majesty, filing past our mind's eyes in tones of glorious exaltation.

This lecture is available from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015

Can be tailored to a high school audience

Setup Needed

  • Microphone required
  • Piano required

Mr. Miltiades A. Matthias

Pianist, Composer and Educator

Greek-American pianist and composer Miltiades Matthias studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Athens and at the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Matthias was awarded the 1997 distinction, "Educator of the Year Through the Arts," by the Hellenic-American Educators Association. Mr. Matthias has given concerts across America and Europe. Recently, at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City, he played piano works by the German opera composer, Richard Wagner, in world premiere.

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