The “Sho-pan” of Chopin

“You’re supposed to pronounce ‘Chopin,’ ‘Sho-pan.'”

Yes, even when I was first getting into the ranks of pianism, I too mispronounced his name. I’d have to admit, I’ve been saying his name wrong for a very long time. I had just learned how to pronounce it when a teacher pointed out, “You’re supposed to pronounce ‘Chopin,’ ‘Sho-pan.'” I blame it on the craziness of the Polish Language. But within this crazy place lies a very Romantic Composer and Pianist that’s music is heard today.

… it covers a lot of Chopin’s Compositions, and there are scenes in the movie that show the brilliance of his music

Ever heard of the movie “The Pianist?” It’s one of the most heartbreaking movies out there. It tells the real true story of the Polish Pianist Władysław Szpilman‘s journey living as a Polish Jew during World War II. Szpilman is played by Adrien Brody who remarkably can play the piano fairly well! Any ways it covers a lot of Chopin’s Compositions, and there are scenes in the movie that show the brilliance of his music. The most intense part of the movie is when Szpilman gets caught hiding in a house by a Nazi Guard. Noting that he has been caught and will possible be transported to a Concentration Camp, he weans the guard. How?

Well, it is called Romantic Music for a reason.

You can almost feel the raw emotion being poured out by Szpilman, but this is a mere interpretation by Brody. There are no words to describe this lowly, heart breaking event, but it sure takes you on this ride. *sniff* *sniff*

Here is the real “Hero” Władysław Szpilman playing Chopin’s Nocturne in C Sharp Minor. You can see that this man’s soul is 100% expressed in his playing. Well, it is called Romantic Music for a reason.

Władysław Szpilman, December 5 1911 – July 6 2000. RIP

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