Frédéric François Chopin (1810 – 1849) was a Polish
composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who
wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained
worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, one
whose "poetic genius was based on a professional
technique that was without equal in his
The Op. 10 Études were composed in the period 1829-1832
and dedicated to Franz Liszt. This Op. 25 collection
bears a dedication to Liszt's mistress, Countess Marie
d'Agoult, a writer who used the pseudonym Daniel Stern.
One reason Chopin attempted to capture Liszt's
sympathies with the dedications had to do with the
performance design of the pieces in the two sets: each
was written to highlight some facet of pianism. For
example, in the Op. 25 collection, No. 2, in F minor,
is a study in cross rhythms, while No. 10, in B minor,
is a study in legato octaves.
The 11th entry here, in A minor, is the famous "Winter
Wind" Etude. Its proud theme evokes a wintry scene,
with the busy right hand providing swirls of notes that
seem to incarnate an angry wind. The last item in the
set, in C minor, is a study in arpeggios. The mood is
somber and agitated, and there is resemblance
throughout to the first étude of the Op. 10 set.
Although originally composed for solo piano, I created
this Interpretation of the "Winter Wind Étude" in A
Minor (Op. 25 No. 11) for String Quartet (2 Violins,
Viola & Cello).