Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 is especially special to me after it was the topic of a final paper in a class titled “Piano Music of the 19th Century” created by Michael Holloway, Josh Bourdon and I and taught by Linda Chachiolades.

It’s my belief that it paints the picture of a story written by Adam Mickiewicz named, “Konrad Wallenrod”. The story is meant to inspire the uprising in Poland regarding the partitioning of the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth.

The music follows the story and the emotion of the main character almost flawlessly.