Chris Rice plays Frédéric Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

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Frédéric Chopin, who is our “other” famous great-great-great-great grandteacher, was of course from Poland. As was our great-great-great-great grandmother (on our father’s side), Ida Weisman Rice, who came to the United States around the year 1910, when she was about the age we Rice Brothers are now. Perhaps the fact that we are Polish-rooted, both biologically and musically, explains, at least in part, why both of us have such a profound love for Chopin’s music. His music, after all, is quintessentially Polish, and is universally considered to embody the Polish spirit. (But on the other hand, we have friends from all over the world who absolutely love Chopin’s music, so maybe we’d have loved it just as much if our ancestors came from somewhere entirely else!)

When we play Chopin’s music, we have a very specific goal in mind. Our hope is that we will play it in such a passionate, moving, and beautiful way that, one fine and Blessed day, we will be invited by modern-day Poles to play it for them in Poland.

Said slightly differently: Kiedy gramy muzykę Chopina, mają bardzo konkretne cele na uwadze. Mamy nadzieję, że będziemy grać w taki sposób, ruchome i piękne, że prędzej czy później, zostaną zaproszeni przez dzisiejszej Polaków do odegrania dla nich Polska.

Which may or may not be a good translation (we got just a tiny bit of help from Google translator…) But we hope that someone in Poland will read it and understand, and that our music will move their Spirit so deeply that… Well, we’ll let you know how it all works out.

Or said slightly differently: Które mogą lub nie mogą być dobre tłumaczenie (mamy tylko drobny fragment z pomocy tłumacza Google …) Ale mamy nadzieję, że ktoś w Polska będzie go odczytać i zrozumieć, że nasza muzyka będzie przenieść ich tak głęboko, że Duch. .. Cóż, powiadomimy Cię, jak to wszystko działa.

In the meantime, we hope that all of y’all (uhm, sorry, we also derive from Texas…), including Teresa, Sami, and Elizabeth, enjoy Chris’ playing of Chopin’s wonderful Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23! We’ve written here on this videoblog, earlier, about Teresa and Sami… Teresa, who teaches piano, loves Chopin’s Ballade No. 1. And like The Rice Brothers, Sami has Polish roots. She traveled to Poland recently, and we found her recounting of her travels, and the photos she’s shared with us, wonderfully inspiring. Elizabeth also adores this particular piece, although her family doesn’t derive from Poland, but rather from Taiwan. Like Teresa and Sami, Elizabeth has spent a lot of time playing the piano. I’m guessing that they’d all agree … being able to play Chopin’s music is a very good reason to learn how to play the piano! Not to mention that Chopin’s music is widely understood to be one of the top 17 reasons God gave us ears! <smile>

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  1. Comment by Audrey Varidel:

    Finally got a chance to check out this site and listen to your music. Awesome and beautifully moving as always. Wish I could be there in person. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with us, making it possible to hear you play even tho we can’t be there! :-)

    Posted on May 24, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
  2. Comment by Paula Cordero:

    I LOVE THE MUSIC! I looked up the website the next day after meeting everyone, and I showed my family all the youtube clips and they loved it!!!!! We do have to stay in contact. Also, my parents wanted all of you to know that they would love to have you over for dinner some time. It would be a blessing! There is a great, outstanding talent for music that can take your family far. For here, I just finished my online paper, then back to studies for test on Monday and Tuesday night! I just did not want you all to think that I forgot about you! :) Take care! Much love! And thank you to John for praying for my parents! They went to Cottonwood, AZ the following day from meeting everyone, and they found a church they are seeking to live in. Now all in the Lord’s hands! Thank you!

    Posted on September 22, 2008 @ 12:04 am

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