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CHOPIN, F.: Mazurkas (arr. S. Aron) (My Favorite Chopin Mazurkas) (Aron)

CHOPIN, F.: Mazurkas (arr. S. Aron) (My Favorite Chopin Mazurkas) (Aron)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012


Artists:

Stephen Aron

Soloist

Record Label
Clear Note

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 72:32
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CHOPIN, F.: Mazurkas (arr. S. Aron) (My Favorite Chopin Mazurkas) (Aron)

     
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STEPHEN ARON

1 

Mazurka No. 29 in A flat major, Op. 41, No. 3 (arr. S. Aron)

2:50
     
 

FRYDERYK CHOPIN

2 

Mazurka No. 30 in G major, Op. 50, No. 1 (arr. S. Aron)

2:59
     
3 

Mazurka No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 6, No. 2 (arr. S. Aron)

2:16
     
4 

Mazurka No. 40 in F minor, Op. 63, No. 2 (arr. S. Aron)

2:24
     
5 

Mazurka No. 34 in C major, Op. 56, No. 2 (arr. S. Aron)

1:45
     
 

STEPHEN ARON

6 

Mazurka No. 15 in C major, Op. 24, No. 2 (arr. S. Aron)

2:42
     
 

FRYDERYK CHOPIN

7 

Mazurka No. 3 in E major, Op. 6, No. 3 (arr. S. Aron)

2:29
     
8 

Mazurka No. 51 in A minor, Op. posth., "A Emile Gaillard" (arr. S. Aron)

3:56
     
 

STEPHEN ARON

9 

Mazurka No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 6, No. 1 (arr. S. Aron)

2:42
     
 

FRYDERYK CHOPIN

10 

Mazurka No. 37 in A flat major, Op. 59, No. 2 (arr. S. Aron)

3:26
     
11 

Mazurka No. 28 in B major, Op. 41, No. 2 (arr. S. Aron)

1:30
     
 

STEPHEN ARON

12 

Mazurka No. 39 in B major, Op. 63, No. 1 (arr. S. Aron)

2:47
     
 

FRYDERYK CHOPIN

13 

Mazurka No. 22 in G sharp minor, Op. 33, No. 1 (arr. S. Aron)

2:20
     
 

STEPHEN ARON

14 

Mazurka No. 46 in C major, Op. 68, No. 1 (arr. S. Aron)

2:06
     
15 

Mazurka No. 20 in D flat major, Op. 30, No. 3 (arr. S. Aron)

3:12
     
 

FRYDERYK CHOPIN

16 

Mazurka No. 21 in C sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 4 (arr. S. Aron)

4:58
     
 

STEPHEN ARON

17 

Mazurka No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7, No. 1 (arr. S. Aron)

2:38
     
18 

Mazurka No. 26 in C sharp minor, Op. 41, No. 4 (arr. S. Aron)

4:09
     
 

FRYDERYK CHOPIN

19 

Mazurka No. 10 in B flat major, Op. 17, No. 1 (arr. S. Aron)

2:59
     
20 

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4 (arr. S. Aron)

7:52
     
 

STEPHEN ARON

21 

Mazurka No. 45 in A minor, Op. 67, No. 4 (arr. S. Aron)

3:27
     
 

FRYDERYK CHOPIN

22 

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7, No. 3 (arr. S. Aron)

3:16
     
 

STEPHEN ARON

23 

Mazurka No. 49 in F minor, Op. 68, No. 4 (arr. S. Aron)

3:49
     
 Stephen Aron Soloist
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While at first, the very notion of playing an entire album of this music on the solo guitar seems unlikely, close scrutiny reveals in these works an astonishingly rich resource for the guitarist. Mine is not, of course, the first effort to arrange these pieces. Many guitarists over the years, including Chopin’s contemporary and compatriot, Jan N. de Brobrowicz, and the legendary Spanish master, Francisco Tarrega, have produced versions of isolated selections. In fact, Chopin’s music is among the most frequently chosen source material by the guitarist-arranger. This is certainly, though, the first such exhaustive exploration of the genre for solo guitar.

Of all of Chopin’s works, the Mazurkas are unique in several ways. It is the only form he embraced literally throughout his lifetime; he wrote more of them than of any other form; and they feature his most chromatic and exotic-sounding passages. It is his unique and at time daring harmonic language, and this very exoticism that drew me to the pieces initially. Upon closer examination, I found a remarkably varied collection of works only some of which directly referenced the exuberant physicality of the original dance. Chopin’s frequent use of mode (Especially phrygian and lydian) and frequent tonal ambiguity added to their allure. I was hooked.

In preparing the arrangements, I decided at the outset to choose keys which comfortably accommodated the guitar. Occasionally, unusual tunings were employed to facilitate the disparate key areas so common in the Mazurkas (and so atypical of guitar music from the same period). In the end, the physical execution of Chopin’s scores proved an easier task than that of developing stylistically appropriate interpretations. There is little in the guitar repertoire to prepare the guitarist for the style of performance represented by these pieces. It was my desire to create for them a new (parallel) existence as guitar pieces, albeit unusually good guitar pieces.

There is no other comparable body of literature for solo guitar. Consequently, there is little frame of reference for this recording; the listening experience is a unique one. I hope you enjoy the journey.

Stephen Aron




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