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Appalachian celebrates Chopin’s 200th birthday Feb. 28

chopin2_t.jpgBOONE—The 200th birthday of composer Frederick Chopin will be celebrated with a performance of his works Feb. 28 at Appalachian State University.

Fourteen students of Rodney Reynerson, professor of piano, will perform beginning at 4 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The program includes seven nocturnes, including “Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9. No. 2,” “Fantasy-Impromptu in C-sharp minor” and “Etude in C Minor, Op.10, No. 12” known as the “Revolutionary Etude.”

Chopin’s birth certificate indicated he was born Feb. 22, 1810. The composer, however, said he was born March 1. His first composition, a polonaise, was written at age 17 but published only after his death. Chopin wrote more than 200 pieces for solo piano.

“His literature is the most popular of all composers among pianists and audiences,” Reynerson said. “Chopin understood the nature of the piano better than anyone before him. His compositions are so beautifully written for the instrument. They are so intimate and emotional.”

To underscore the popularity of the 19th -century composer, each of Reynerson’s students has the composer’s works in their repertoire.

“I can’t think of any other composer for whom I could put together a program and everyone already had a piece or was working on a piece,” Reynerson said.

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