Radio Chopin

Series produced by WDAV Classical Public Radio

Caption: 200 Stories for the 200 Years of Fryderyk Chopin
200 Stories for the 200 Years of Fryderyk Chopin 

Two hundred 2-minute modules comprise a series that tells the stories of the people, places, and particulars behind the composer and every one of his timeless works. Featuring performances and commentary by the world's great Chopin interpreters, including Warsaw Chopin Competition winner Garrick Ohlsson, Byron Janis, the late William Kapell, Artur Rubinstein, and many more.

“The depth and the breadth of his creation is extraordinary…from love to furious anger, from joy to endless sadness and melancholy, from tenderness to pride and defiance. Its beauty and enchantment are supreme.”

There’s only one composer who fits this description: the “poet of the piano,” Fryderyk Chopin…who in the words of one writer, “expressed everything he had to say to the world through his music.” This year, the world will answer back with a year-long celebration of the Chopin Bicentennial.

WDAV Classical Public Radio is pleased to chime in with Radio Chopin: 200 Stories to Mark the 200th Anniversary of the Composer’s Birth.

Two hundred 2-minute modules comprise a series that tells the stories of the people, places, and particulars behind the composer and every one of his timeless works.

FULL PERFORMANCES of music mentioned with copy for local hosts are provided for optional broadcast after modules. Download the music from the series "Radio Chopin: The Music" here on PRX. Music is organized according to Episode number.

Supplemental audio, video and reference materials for the series are housed at www.radiochopin.org. Supported in part by a grant from the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation. Hide full description

“The depth and the breadth of his creation is extraordinary…from love to furious anger, from joy to endless sadness and melancholy, from tenderness to pride and defiance. Its beauty and enchantment are supreme.” There’s only one composer who fits this description: the “poet of the piano,” Fryderyk Chopin…who in the words of one writer, “expressed everything he had to say to the world through his music.” This year, the world will answer back with a year-long celebration of the Chopin Bicentennial.WDAV Classical Public Radio is pleased to chime in with Radio Chopin: 200 Stories to Mark the 200th Anniversary of the Composer’s Birth.Two hundred 2-minute modules comprise a series that tells the stories of the people, places, and particulars behind the composer and every one of his... Show full description


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"I am not suited for concert-giving," Chopin once said to Liszt. "I feel timid in the presence of the public; their breath stifles me; their curiou...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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In Polish, it’s called “Zal.” A special kind of melancholy that pervades Chopin’s music. We recognize it as the Blues. Which might explain why, fro...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
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“He strokes the keyboard with such delicacy, finesse, and, where required, unobtrusive strength that the music simply seems to play itself.” - Davi...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
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Selling seashells poses no tongue twister in French, but “Je vends des scapulaires,” (“I Sell Seashells”) a popular melody from a comic opera by Fe...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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Yes, pianists love to play Chopin. But so do all kinds of musicians. Guitarists. Electric guitarists. Even Tuba Players! But what if you sing? Wha...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
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Bewitched. The idea has been around as long as love itself. Potions, incantations, magic spells… It seems Chopin — and Polish poet Stefan Witwicki...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
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Franz Liszt called them “half-formed sighs floating through the air, softly lamenting and dissolved in delicious melancholy.” He added that their i...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
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You know the one, that groaner of a pun, "Chopin Liszt," printed across the tops of memo pads? Well, suppose we put Chopin on that "Liszt?" Grab yo...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2010
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Even the short list of pianist Alfred Cortot’s accomplishments is impressive: He’s the man who introduced Wagner to the French, formed the original...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2010
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There is value in learning who a composer isn’t. If you want to examine the shavings Fryderyk Chopin let fall to the floor as he sculpted his imag...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2010
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One can learn a lot about Chopin from Chopin's own words.

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston


  • Added: Sep 02, 2010
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"Chopin is ‘hand-feeling’ first. Like Couperin made for the keyboard. It’s a sensitivity of the finger, and it gives you the harmony and the polyph...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2010
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“Even people who barely know anything about Classical music say ‘Oh, I don’t know anything, but that Chopin piece, oh that’s wonderful.’” Then ther...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
  • Length: :37
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When a drunken patron asks Judy Garland to "Sing Melancholy Baby!" in the movie "A Star is Born", it gave fresh legs to one of the most popular son...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
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The French have a saying: "Chopin's heart is in Poland, but his soul is in France."

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
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"Here is the world of imagination, hopes and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic, and make-believe are reborn,...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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A founding member of "The Mighty Five" lends a hand...to Chopin.

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
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They're minting Mahler coins in the Czech Republic and Chopin bills in Poland. Mahler is 150; Chopin, 200. Other than currency and anniversaries, ...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
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“You know how to whistle don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow…” - To Have and Have Not The memorable opening... the start of...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston


  • Added: Aug 19, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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He was Chopin’s teen-aged pal in Poland, and his whist partner and house-sitter in Paris. He steered Chopin’s earliest compositions into print, and...

  • Added: Aug 19, 2010
  • Length: 02:00