Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) was dedicated to writing music for the piano and rarely composed for any other instrument. He wrote over two-hundred works for the piano through which he created a testament of the Romantic era. Chopin's reputation as a brilliant pianist was established through his many performances in the salons of Parisian high society. Thus, Chopin moved in fashionable social circles and attracted many wealthy aristocratic piano students. Piano teaching was his chief source of income, although he was also well paid by publishers for his compositions. Chopin taught his own music often, and therefore wrote many compositions in which successful performances may be enjoyed by pianists whose technic is not that of a concert virtuoso. There is no distinct line between music intended for concert use or that for students. Many of his shorter works are as brilliant and exquisitely beautiful as anything he wrote.
Every pianist looks forward to playing music by Chopin for the first time. In "Chopin: Selected Works for the Piano, Book One" and "Book Two," I have included pieces that are favorite choices among my students. "Book One" contains works that are less technically demanding and appropriate as an introduction to Chopin. "Book Two" contains music of greater virtuosity and is intended for a more advanced pianist. The correlated music books are available from your favorite print music dealer. Please ask for "Chopin: Selected Works for Piano, Book One" (GP390) and "Chopin: Selected Works for Piano, Book Two" (GP392), Compiled and Edited by Keith Snell, Neil A. Kjos Music Company, Publisher.
Keith Snell, Producer
Academy Records, Inc.
Pianist Diane Hidy made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1991 after completing her studies with John Perry and Leon Fleisher. In 1987 Diane was the first woman to become a Fellow of the American Pianists Association and in 1982 was the winner of the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition. She has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra s First Prize winner of the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition. Diane attended the Juilliard School of Music, and holds music degrees from the University of Southern California and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She spent her high school years in Seattle, Washington, where she was a student of Michiko Miyamoto.
Diane and her husband, J. Tony Smith, live in San Francisco, CA, where she teaches young beginners through advanced high school students and adults.