Thursday, November 22, 2018

A Bunch of Things You Might Or Might Not Have Known About Fred Chopin and George Sand, BUT Got Compiled Anyway So You How Smart I am

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I hate lists.

I really hate lists.
Commies compile lists - for future exile or execution.

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Americans are too tolerant of Commies and the people who admire the Reds - they'll be sorry some day. Me? I'll be dead and long judged by God. God don't make lists.  He takes you individually.
The only guy who should make lists is Santa.

One Christmas I received the Book of Lists from three different people, who thought like millions of others that I would want to know about
  • Famous Freemasons with flatulence 
  • Whigs murdered on Christmas Day 1853
  • Cumquat eaters of Connecticut
  • Democrats who sneezed
  • Popes who break-danced for Lorenzo Magnifico
  • VD Victims of Cole Porter
  • Hemingway's Beat-Downs by Better Writers
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Likewise, I detest TOP TEN ( or any number)  Lists of anything.

Psychologists used to warn us about people who never recovered from potty-training - the anal retentive like the passive aggressive rules our world.

I go to restaurants and if the food is good and prices, as well as the service is good, I return for another meal.   Then, if asked by anyone, 'have a good meal anywhere?' I might mention the place.

People no longer tend to communicate with other people. They refer to pre-caste lists, or worse, go to an APP.

Why is it import to compile things like
  • 866 things we know about Donald Trump's inner ear infections
  • 5 Things We Do Not Know, But Will Guess about Race Relations in Cairo, IL
  • 7 Explanations for Michael
  • 9 Steps to Good Grooming That Do Not Involve Soap, Water and Alcohol
Santa is the only one who should continue to compile lists of any type.

Oh, by the way - Chopin dated George Sand for nine years and then died.

Here is a Lis. . . .catalog of Chopin's greatest works. That cat could tickle them 88s! Compiled by the good people of Wikipedia - I have no time for such nonsense . . .far too busy,

  • Op. 10, 12 Études:
  1. Étude in C major, Waterfall (1830)
  2. Étude in A minor, Chromatic (1830)
  3. Étude in E major, Tristesse, or L'adieu (1832)
  4. Étude in C minor, Torrent (1832)
  5. Étude in G major, Black Keys (1830)
  6. Étude in E minor, Lament (1830)
  7. Étude in C major, Toccata (1832)
  8. Étude in F major, Sunshine (1829)
  9. Étude in F minor (1829)
  10. Étude in A major (1829)
  11. Étude in E major, Arpeggio (1829)
  12. Étude in C minor, Revolutionary (1831)
  • Op. 25, 12 Études:
  1. Étude in A major, Aeolian Harp, or Shepherd Boy (1836)
  2. Étude in F minor, The Bees (1836)
  3. Étude in F major, The Horseman (1836)
  4. Étude in A minor (1832–1834)
  5. Étude in E minor, Wrong Note (1832–1834)
  6. Étude in G minor, Thirds (1832–1834)
  7. Étude in C minor, Cello (1836)
  8. Étude in D major, Sixths (1832–1834)
  9. Étude in G major, Butterfly (1832–1834)
  10. Étude in B minor, Octave (1832–1834)
  11. Étude in A minor, Winter Wind (1834)
  12. Étude in C minor, Ocean (1836)
  1. Étude in F minor
  2. Étude in A major
  3. Étude in D major



  1. Mazurka in F minor
  2. Mazurka in C minor
  3. Mazurka in E major
  4. Mazurka in E minor
  1. Mazurka in B major
  2. Mazurka in A minor (1829, revised 1830)
  3. Mazurka in F minor
  4. Mazurka in A major (1824, revised 1830)
  5. Mazurka in C major
  1. Mazurka in B major
  2. Mazurka in E minor
  3. Mazurka in A major
  4. Mazurka in A minor
  1. Mazurka in G minor
  2. Mazurka in C major
  3. Mazurka in A major
  4. Mazurka in B minor
  1. Mazurka in C minor
  2. Mazurka in B minor
  3. Mazurka in D major
  4. Mazurka in C minor
  1. Mazurka in G minor
  2. Mazurka in D major
  3. Mazurka in C major
  4. Mazurka in B minor
  1. Mazurka in C minor
  2. Mazurka in E minor
  3. Mazurka in B major
  4. Mazurka in A major
  • Mazurka in A minor (No. 50; "Notre Temps"; 1840; pub. 1841 in Six morceaux de salon, without Op. number; B. 134; KK IIb/4; S 2/4)
  • Mazurka in A minor (No. 51; "Émile Gaillard"; 1840; pub. 1841 in Album de pianistes polonais, without Op. number; B. 140; KK IIb/5; S 2/5)
  1. Mazurka in G major
  2. Mazurka in A major
  3. Mazurka in C minor
  1. Mazurka in B major
  2. Mazurka in C major
  3. Mazurka in C minor
  1. Mazurka in A minor
  2. Mazurka in A major
  3. Mazurka in F minor
  1. Mazurka in B major
  2. Mazurka in F minor
  3. Mazurka in C minor

Published in Poland during early years[edit]

  • Two Mazurkas (unnumbered; 1826; pub. 1826, without an Op. number; B. 16, KK IIa/2-3, S 1, No. 2):
    • a. Mazurka in G major
    • b. Mazurka in B major
With opus numbers[edit]
  • Op. posth. 67, Four Mazurkas (Nos. 42-45; pub. 1855):
  1. Mazurka in G major (1833)
  2. Mazurka in G minor (1849)
  3. Mazurka in C major (1835)
  4. Mazurka in A minor (1846)
  • Op. posth. 68, Four Mazurkas (Nos. 46-49; pub. 1855):
  1. Mazurka in C major (1829)
  2. Mazurka in A minor (1827)
  3. Mazurka in F major (1829)
  4. Mazurka in F minor (1849; Last composition)
Without opus numbers[edit]
  • Mazurka in C major (1833; pub. 1870; B. 82; KK IVB/3; P 2/3)
  • Mazurka in D major (1829; pub. 1875; B 31/71; KK IVa/7; P 1/7)
  • Mazurka in B major (1832; pub. 1909; B. 73; KK IVb/1; P 2/1)
  • Mazurka in D major "Mazurek" (doubtful, 1820?; pub. 1910; B. 4; KK Anh Ia/1; A 1/1)
  • Mazurka in A major (1834; pub. 1930; B. 85; KK IVb/4; P 2/4)
  • Mazurka in D major (1832; pub. ?; P 2/2)


  1. Nocturne in B minor
  2. Nocturne in E major
  3. Nocturne in B major
  1. Nocturne in F major
  2. Nocturne in F major
  3. Nocturne in G minor
  1. Nocturne in C minor
  2. Nocturne in D major
  1. Nocturne in B major
  2. Nocturne in A major
  1. Nocturne in G minor
  2. Nocturne in G major
  1. Nocturne in C minor
  2. Nocturne in F minor
  1. Nocturne in F minor
  2. Nocturne in E major
  1. Nocturne in B major
  2. Nocturne in E major

Posthumously published[edit]

With opus number[edit]
  • Op. posth. 72 (No.2 and No.3 are works other than Nocturnes):
  1. Nocturne in E minor (1827–29)
Without opus numbers[edit]


  1. Polonaise in C minor
  2. Polonaise in E minor
  1. Polonaise in A major, Military
  2. Polonaise in C minor, Funeral

Published in Poland during early years[edit]

Posthumously published[edit]

With opus numbers[edit]
  1. Polonaise in D minor (1825)
  2. Polonaise in B major (1828)
  3. Polonaise in F minor (1828)
Without opus numbers[edit]
  1. Polonaise in B major (1817)
  2. Polonaise in A major (1821)
  3. Polonaise in G minor (1822)
  4. Polonaise in B minor, Adieu à Guillaume Kolberg (1826)
  5. Polonaise in G major (1829)


  • Op. 28, 24 Preludes:
  1. Prelude in C major (composed 1839)
  2. Prelude in A minor (1838)
  3. Prelude in G major (1838–1839)
  4. Prelude in E minor (1838)
  5. Prelude in D major (1838–1839)
  6. Prelude in B minor (1838–1839)
  7. Prelude in A major (1836)
  8. Prelude in F minor (1838–1839)
  9. Prelude in E major (1838–1839)
  10. Prelude in C minor (1838–1839)
  11. Prelude in B major (1838–1839)
  12. Prelude in G minor (1838–1839)
  13. Prelude in F major (1838–1839)
  14. Prelude in E minor (1838–1839)
  15. Prelude in D major, Raindrop (1838–1839)
  16. Prelude in B minor (1838–1839)
  17. Prelude in A major (1836)
  18. Prelude in F minor (1838–1839)
  19. Prelude in E major (1838–1839)
  20. Prelude in C minor, Chord or Funeral March (1838–1839)
  21. Prelude in B major (1838–1839)
  22. Prelude in G minor (1838–1839)
  23. Prelude in F major (1838–1839)
  24. Prelude in D minor (1838–1839)
  • Op. 45: Prelude in C minor (1841)

Posthumously published[edit]

  • P. 2/7: Prelude in A major (1834, published 1918; ded. Pierre Wolff)
  • A. 1/2: Prelude in F major
  • Prelude in E minor, Devil's Trill (recently found)


Posthumously published[edit]

  • Op. posth. 73: Rondo in C major for two pianos (1828; arr. piano solo 1840)




  • Op. 12: Variations brillantes in B major on "Je vends des scapulaires" from Hérold's Ludovic (1833)
  • B. 113: Variation in E for Hexameron (1837; pub. 1839)

Posthumously published[edit]

  • B.9: Variations in E for flute and piano on "Non più mesta" from Rossini's La Cenerentola, KK. Anh. Ia/5, (? 1824; pub. 1955) [1]
  • KK. IVa/6: Introduction, Theme and Variations in D on a Venetian air, piano 4-hands (1826; pub 1965)
  • B. 12a: Variations in D major or B minor on an Irish National Air (from Thomas Moore) for 2 pianos, P. 1/6 (1826)
  • B. 14: Variations in E major on the air "Der Schweizerbub: Steh'auf, steh'auf o du Schweitzer Bub", a.k.a. Introduction et Variations sur un Lied allemand (1826; pub. 1851)
  • B. 37: Variations in A, Souvenir de Paganini (1829; pub. 1881)


  • KK. Ve/9: Variations, (January 1818)
  • KK. Vb/2: Variations in F, piano 4-hands or 2 pianos (1826)
  • KK. VIIa/3: Variations on a Ukrainian Dumka for violin and piano, by Antoni Radziwill, completed by Chopin (by June 1830)


  1. Waltz in A major (1835)
  2. Waltz in A minor (1831)
  3. Waltz in F major (1838)
  1. Waltz in D major, Minute Waltz (1847)
  2. Waltz in C minor (1847)
  3. Waltz in A major (1840, some sources say 1847)

Posthumously published[edit]

With opus numbers[edit]
  • 1852: Two Waltzes, Op. posth. 69:
  1. Waltz in A major, L'Adieu (1835)
  2. Waltz in B minor (1829)
  • 1855: Three Waltzes, Op. posth. 70:
  1. Waltz in G major (1832)
  2. Waltz in F minor (1841)
  3. Waltz in D major (1829)
Without opus numbers[edit]
  • 1868: Waltz in E minor (1830), B. 56, KK IVa/15, P. 1/15
  • 1871–72: Waltz in E major, B. 44, KK IVa/12, P. 1/12
  • 1902: Waltz in A major, B. 21, KK IVa/13, P. 1/13
  • 1902: Waltz in E major, B. 46, KK IVa/14, P. 1/14
  • 1955: Waltz in A minor (1843–1848), B. 150, KK IVb/11, P. 2/11
  • 1955: Waltz in E major (Sostenuto), B. 133, KK IVb/10 (not always classified as a waltz)
  • 1932: Waltz in F minor, Valse mélancolique, KK Ib/7, A. 1/7. Reattributed to Charles Mayer as Le Régret op. 332[2]

Miscellaneous pieces for solo piano[edit]

Posthumously published[edit]

With opus numbers[edit]
  • Op. posth. 72:
  1. Nocturne in E minor (1827)
  2. Marche funèbre in C minor (1827; B.20)
  3. Three Écossaises (1826; B.12)
    1. Écossaise in D major
    2. Écossaise in G major
    3. Écossaise in D major
Without opus numbers[edit]
  • B. 17: Contredanse in G major (doubtful) (1827)
  • B. 84: Cantabile in B major (1834)
  • B. 109: Largo in E major (1837)
  • B. 117: Andantino in G minor (arr. of the piano part of the song Wiosna; 5 different MS exist) (1837)
  • B. 129a: Canon in F minor (unfinished (1839))
  • B. 133: Klavierstück in E "Sostenuto" (1840; sometimes classified as a waltz)
  • B. 144: Fugue in A minor (1841)
  • B. 151: Album Leaf (Moderato) in E major (1843)
  • B. 160b: 2 Bourrées (1846)
  • P. 2/13: Galopp in A (Galop Marquis) (1846)
  • KK. Vb/1: Andante dolente in B minor (lost)
  • KK. Ve/3: Écossaise (? date; lost)
  • KK. Vb/9: Écossaise in B major (1827; lost)
  • KK. VIIa/2: 3 Fugues (A minor, F major, D minor; arr. from Cherubini's Cours de contrepoint et de fugue)

Piano and orchestra[edit]



Cello and piano[edit]

Violin, cello and piano[edit]

Voice and piano[edit]

Posthumously published[edit]

With opus numbers[edit]

  • Op. posth. 74, 17 Songs (1829–1847; Polish)
  1. "The Wish" ("Życzenie") (1829)
  2. "Spring" ("Wiosna") (1838)
  3. "The Sad River" ("Smutna Rzeka") (1831)
  4. "Merrymaking" ("Hulanka") (1830)
  5. "What She Likes" ("Gdzie lubi") (1829)
  6. "Out of My Sight" ("Precz z moich oczu") (1830)
  7. "The Messenger" ("Poseł") (1830)
  8. "Handsome Lad" ("Śliczny chłopiec") (1841)
  9. "From the Mountains, Where They Carried Heavy Crosses [Melody]" ("Z gór, gdzie dźwigali strasznych krzyżów brzemię [Melodia]") (1847)
  10. "The Warrior" ("Wojak") (1830)
  11. "The Double-End" ("Dwojaki koniec") (1845)
  12. "My Darling" ("Moja pieszczotka") (1837)
  13. "I Want What I Have Not" ("Nie ma czego trzeba") (1845)
  14. "The Ring" ("Pierścień") (1836)
  15. "The Bridegroom" ("Narzeczony") (1831)
  16. "Lithuanian Song" ("Piosnka litewska") (1831)
  17. "Leaves are Falling, Hymn from the Tomb" ("Śpiew z mogiłki") (1836)

Without opus numbers[edit]

  • "Enchantment" ("Czary") (1830)
  • "Reverie" ("Dumka") (1840)

Lost works[edit]

  • Polonaise for piano, composed 1818. Presented by Chopin to the Empress Maria Teodorowna, mother of the Tsar, on the occasion of her visit to Warsaw on 26 September 1818.
  • Variations for piano, composed 1818. Mentioned in the "Pamietnik Warzawski" of 1818
  • Polonaise 'Barber of Seville' for piano, composed 1825/11. In 1825/11 Chopin wrote to Bialoblocki: "I have done a new Polonaise on the "Barber" which is fairly well liked. I think of sending it to be lithographed tomorrow."
  • Variations for 2 pianos in F major, composed 1826. Listed by Louise Chopin
  • Variations on an Irish National Air (from Thomas Moore) for 2 pianos, composed 1826. Stated to be "in D Major or B minor."
  • Waltz for piano in C major, composed 1826.
  • Andante dolente for piano in B minor, composed 1827. Mentioned in the list of Louise Chopin
  • Ecossaise for piano in B major, composed 1827. Mentioned in the list of Louise Chopin.
  • Waltz for piano in D minor, composed 1828. Given in Louise's list, with the date, and entitled (? by Louise) 'La partenza' ('The departure')
  • Waltz for piano (supposedly) in A major, composed 1830/12 (?).

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thank You and Thank God! Thanksgiving 2018

I wake up thankful everyday for the privilege of seeing, breathing, hearing tasting and touching for another day.

That first glass of ice cold water cascading its refreshing way through my vigorously brushed teeth and gums, down the gullet and sparking awake all of my biological electrical works is a reminder to me that God really knows what he is doing. The guy is a craftsman!

I pray on my knees each morning and try to meditate on my blessings and my sins - which are legion.  Then, I shower up, shave and dress for the day - usually a sport coat and tie, or suit for my day at the old bone orchard.

I take  Holy Communion at St. John Fisher with the usual baker's dozen of regulars, Lizzie, Joanna, Bill, Barbara, Carol, Ray, the two Mikes ( Tall and not so tall) , the other Bill, Mary Beth, Tall Mike's wife Patricia, Theresa, and Mr. Carroll.  

Aside from the regulars there is the constant - Mrs. Terry F, the most devout and generous woman in God's house.

I am thankful for this daily congress of Memorare saying saints.

Christ is for breakfast and sustains me and battles with my natural and unnatural demons all day long.

I am thankful for my large and extended family, especially my three healthy and productive children, my son-in-law and my beautiful granddaughter.

Then I am thankful for the following

  • People who never say "Veggies" despite the thoroughly exhausting necessity of saying tables
  • Men from countries like Ireland, Poland, Mexico, Greece, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Ghana who never, ever wear Greek Fisherman Captain's hats, berets, or Alpine hats.
  • Women of all races, ages, sizes and temperments who still manage to like men
  • Food, with the notable and discerning exceptions of beets, cauliflower and Zagnuts
  • Pets - normal pets like dogs and cats and the odd rabbit
  • People who maintain beautiful lawns and gardens, unlike me
  • Men who keep up with household tasks, chores, updates and projects, unlike me
  • First Responders
  • People of all political persuasions who know that it is all bullshit and politicians will screw you like a 40 Watt at every turn
  • People who like to cook for others, like me
  • Good writers
  • Jazz - America's greatest art form
  • People who can play the bagpipes and don't
  • Four Seasons - the year and not the hotel
  • Clancy's Pizza Pub's Pot Roast Eggrolls
  • Halloween
  • Real poetry - Milton, Yeats, Chaucer, Johnson, Pope and Horace
  • Real prose - Conrad, James Salter, Faulkner, Ralph Ellison
  • The day after Christmas
  • People who do not give me Christmas, Birthday, or whatever Hallmark scam holiday's requisite gifting day
  • People who ignore snobbery
  • Overtime pay
  • WDCB - 90-5 FM Chicago's Home for Jazz
  • A woman with the tolerance to be see in public with me these past ten years - go figure.
  • Turkey, corn bread dressing, cranberry sauce jelly, turnips and sweet potatoes.
  • Knights of Columbus Miserecodia Candy Sellers
  • Brother Rice Football 2018
  • Cable without news - Western Channel, or old movies
  • Joseph Epstein's prose
  • John Kass's courage
  • Shelby Foote's multi-volume Civil War narrative
  • My students ( 1975-2018)
  • Day's when I do not disappoint someone
Happy Thanks Giving Day!    Try that every day.