The Gilmore

Film: The Art of Chopin

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Little Theatre
Western Michigan University

Friday, May 11, 2012
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo

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This documentary film is a tribute to the art of Chopin (1810-1849) and his unique and inimitable writing, which prepared the ground for 20th-century music and the modern piano.

The film combines a narrative chronology of the composer’s most creative periods, describing his genius, the pivotal stages in his career and musical influences along with commentary from some of the greatest interpreters of his works, including: Garrick Ohlsson, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bella Davidovitch, Piotr Anderszewski, Evgeny Kissin and Yuja Wang. This commentary is the crux of the film, conveying the passion with which today’s artists perform Chopin, their understanding of his music, seemingly so easy but in reality so difficult.

The documentary includes archival footage of such legendary pianists as Arthur Rubinstein to round off this musical portrait.

Film Information

Release date: 2010
Running Time: 52 minutes
Directors: Gérald Caillat