Monday, March 16, 2009

Reminiscing - Chopin Polonaise in A major (Military Polonaise)

One of my earliest piano memories is of my childhood when my bedroom used to be right next to my mom's piano "studio". She had a student who would come at 5:30 in the morning and was learning Chopin's Military Polonaise. I hated that piece :( For YEARS I hated the opening chords of that famous work. Perhaps if I were more of a morning person I wouldn't have minded so much.

Many years later I had a young man in Japan ask me if I could play that one. He put the music in front of me and asked me to site read it. I've never been much of a site-reader, but I gave it my best shot. While playing through it, I realized how much fun it really could be to play so I made the decision to learn it. However, it wasn't for several more years that I would actually purchase the sheet music. I continued to play this piece on-and-off for a few years. One day I heard my daughter humming it in the kitchen and I realized that she loved when I played it. I still will play it once in a while just to see her run around the room playing pretend. I'm not sure exactly what she is pretending to be, but it is fun to see her get so excited.

Here is a video of me playing this piece in 2002, just a few months before my daughter was born: