Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor

There’s only one song that I can think of that has made a huge impact on my life, and in the past two years, on my mental health – Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 – 1 Allegro Maestoso.

 

My first introduction to Chopin was through his Nocturnes. I felt a sense of identification with the pieces. Later on, I started filling my iPod with other Chopin songs. One of them was the aforementioned “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 – 1 Allegro Maestoso,” a twenty minute gem of a track that transports me to a state of calm.

 

Right after I fell in love with the song, which didn’t take long, I randomly checked out the Cultural Center of The Philippines website to see if the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, by chance, had its live performance on schedule. Lo and behold, they performed it live literally the night before. I was saddened at the misfortune. I promised myself to always check out the PPO schedule since then. Wouldn’t want to miss another live performance of the life changing piece. That was back in 2010.

 

But I did. Life happened and the once routine of checking the CCP website was forgotten. The PPO performed the piece again in 2015. That’s twice now that I’ve missed it. Never again.

 

October 27, 2017. CCP. Cecile Licad and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra performs Chopin’s Piano Concertos 1 & 2.

 

I mentioned that it’s made a huge impact on my mental health recently as I’ve been using it as a strategy for those times when I’m shit deep in anxiety. I’d imagine myself all alone in a theater, with an orchestra and pianist performing the magnificent piece. All my anxiety would disappear as I use the imagined aural and visual delight as a tether to sanity and serenity.

 

Come October 27, I’ll finally get to hear live one of songs that changed my life.

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My first introduction to Chopin was through his Nocturnes. I felt a sense of identification with the pieces. Later on, I started filling my iPod with other Chopin songs. One of them was the aforementioned “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 – 1 Allegro Maestoso,” a twenty minute gem of a track that transports me to a state of calm.

 

Right after I fell in love with the song, which didn’t take long, I randomly checked out the Cultural Center of The Philippines website to see if the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, by chance, had its live performance on schedule. Lo and behold, they performed it live literally the night before. I was saddened at the misfortune. I promised myself to always check out the PPO schedule since then. Wouldn’t want to miss another live performance of the life changing piece. That was back in 2010.

 

But I did. Life happened and the once routine of checking the CCP website was forgotten. The PPO performed the piece again in 2015. That’s twice now that I’ve missed it. Never again.

 

October 27, 2017. CCP. Cecile Licad and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra performs Chopin’s Piano Concertos 1 & 2.

 

I mentioned that it’s made a huge impact on my mental health recently as I’ve been using it as a strategy for those times when I’m shit deep in anxiety. I’d imagine myself all alone in a theater, with an orchestra and pianist performing the magnificent piece. All my anxiety would disappear as I use the imagined aural and visual delight as a tether to sanity and serenity.

 

Come October 27, I’ll finally get to hear live the song that changed my life.

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