Recently, Hubbo has been noodling around with a Chopin mazurka (the inside of Hubbo’s head is a bottomless cabinet of curiosities), so now we have a house with mazurkas floating around interspersed with Kermit’s Sounds of Kermit playlist. It’s all kind of schizophrenic over here.
I hadn’t listened to a Chopin mazurka since probably 10th grade when I was faking my way through piano lessons and had no appreciation of how rare it is to have the chance to play the music of a genius.
These mazurkas come straight from the 1832 imagination of Frédéric Chopin, and when someone sits down to play them, Chopin is suddenly alive and well, right here. It’s time travel, you know?
The recording above, featuring Janina Fialkowska, is beautiful to listen to on a day when winter is coming, the light is precious, and maybe you have gifts to wrap or a hat to finish.
There’s humor and whimsy in here, and parts that are so calm that I can feel my blood pressure drop.
PS Here’s a quick trip to Poland for all things mazurka. Did you know the Polish national anthem is a mazurka?