Chopin

Bust of Frederic Chopin.
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He composed music for a single instrument–the piano–at a time when other composers were writing works for monster concerts. His personal life was quiet, yet he shared it with France’s most outspoken feminist. He gave only a few dozen public concerts in his entire career, yet he fiercely encouraged his students to assert themselves and their individuality at the keyboard.

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We thought it would be fun to ask our WOSU coworkers to tell us about their favorite classical music works. It’s always exciting to see what door people find into the genre.

colorphoto of Benedict Cumberbatch and James Rhodes sitting at a grand piano
from YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm4OKds30k8

A couple of years ago, The New Yorker published a cartoon by Joe Dator that truly catches the spirit of our times.

In the single panel, a pregnant woman undergoing an ultrasound exam looks befuddledly at a face on the ultrasound monitor screen. The mouth of the woman giving the exam is slightly open, as though in mid-speech. The cartoon’s caption reads, “Oh, don’t worry. That’s Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s in everything.” View the cartoon here.