Today, I want to share with you the music of the spectacular movie The Pianist (directed by Roman Polanski), which tells the story of how the Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman passed through the Holocaust in Warsaw, Poland. Mostly Chopin music, The Pianist: Music from the Motion Picture includes eleven piano pieces. The first ten are played by the famous Polish pianist Janusz Olejniczak (when you see Adrien Brody playing piano, he is really playing the piece, but when you see hands, it is Janusz Olejniczak who does it). Track #10 is played by Wojciech Kilar, the composer who reunited with Polanski to make the soundrack for the movie. Finally, the last piece, Mazurca in A minor, is an old record by (the real) Wladyslaw Szpilman.
|1.||“Nocturne in C-shar Minor (1830)” – Frederic Chopin|
|2.||“Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1” – Frederic Chopin|
|3.||“Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1” – Frederic Chopin|
|4.||“Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38” – Frederic Chopin|
|5.||“Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23” – Frederic Chopin|
|6.||“Waltz No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2” – Frederic Chopin|
|7.||“Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28, No. 4” – Frederic Chopin|
|8.||“Grande Polonaise brillante preceded by an Andante spianato, Op. 22” – Frederic Chopin*|
|9.||“Grande Polonaise brillante preceded by an Andante spianato, Op. 22” – Frederic Chopin*|
|10.||Moving to the Ghetto Oct. 31, 1940|
|11.||“Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4” – Frederic Chopin|
* Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22, was composed by Frédéric Chopin between 1830 and 1834. The Grande polonaise brillante in E-flat, set for piano and orchestra, was written first, in 1830-31. In 1834, Chopin wrote an Andante spianato in G, for piano solo, which he added to the start of the piece, and joined the two parts with a fanfare-like sequence. The combined work was published in 1836 as Op. 22, and was dedicated to Madame d’Este.
I made a playlist on youtube for you to listen to the soundtrack of The Pianist. You can listen to it by clicking here. I made it with the videos I could find on youtube, so some of the pieces are not performed by the people who originally did for the soundtrack. I tried to find good versions, anyway. ♬