Piano Concerto No. 2 (Chopin)

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The Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, is a piano concerto composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1830. Chopin wrote the piece before he had finished his formal education, at around 20 years of age. It was first performed on 17 March 1830, in Warsaw, Poland, with the composer as soloist. It was the second of his piano concertos to be published (after the Piano Concerto No. 1), and so was designated as "No. 2", even though it was written first.

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Nico Snel conducts the Seattle Philharmonic

Nico Snel conducts the Seattle Philharmonic

Nico Snel conducts the Seattle Philharmonic

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The work contains the three movements typical of instrumental concertos of the period: Maestoso, Larghetto and Allegro vivace.

In the finale, the violins and violas are at one point instructed to play col legno (with the wood of the bow).

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