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Chopin Rare Piece – Berceuse Op. 57

Between 1843-1844, Chopin started working on a new masterwork, the berceuse. A berceuse, is a musical piece in 6/8, which has a lullaby characteristic. Chopin actually wanted to name this peice “Variantes”, because most of the piece is base on variations upon a rocking-lullaby left hand chords, but for publicity reasons, the name was altered afterwards to “berceuse”.

The piece is very calm and tranquil, and i must say that i behold this piece as a gateway to the impressionist musical/art movement which came later. This is a musical piece which preceded it’s time, it is a masterpiece of improvisation and variations. This piece gives us a very good demonstration of the last style of Chopin’s musical evolution. His use of building the melodies in this piece is genius per-se. In the start of the piece, when the first melody appears, it starts at the most natural way, but as the piece continues, the variations come, and each time take the music more more forwards, and this mental building of tension and emotion in the piece was never heard before.

The berceuse is written in D flat, which has a dream like quality, and gets you straight into the mystical atmosphere of the music. An interesting note, which gives this piece even more attention, is the fact that this is the only piece that Chopin wrote the variations genre, which also the main motive had been written by him ( Chopin wrote some variations, but they were on other composers music, this is the one and only true form and variations which Chopin wrote).

The piece was published at last under the name “berceuse”, in 1845, and the public reacted with spontaneous good reviews about it. The manuscript of this piece, is one of Chopin’s most interesting, and has a lot of information stored in it.

It is actually one of Chopin’s more clean manuscript. Chopin had a tendency to make a lot of revisions to his music, but this manuscript shows that when he wrote this piece it came to him in a big muse.

This article was written by Shaul Hadar, one of Chopin’s biggest admirers.

 

Shaul hadar is a professional musician and chopin admirer. You can read more of Shaul’s articles on Chopin at: http://chopin-opus.22web.net

Ps3 Console – Incredible Piece Of Hardware

The PS3 Console is in my opinion the best multimedia center created to date. Most people recognize it for being able to play games, but it is also capable of playing CD, DVD, and the highly-acclaimed HD Blu-Ray format.

When it comes to gaming, there is no comparison. The PS3 Console receives all of the large multi-platform titles such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, Modern Warfare 2 and Street Fighter IV, and also gets arguably the best collection of exclusive games on the market including Killzone, Little Big Planet and Uncharted. The PS3 Console is a very convenient piece of hardware and requires no extra fees after purchase, and is also very reliable. An online PSN account for the PS3 Console is free, and allows you to create an online profile which can earn trophies from games, add friends and also download tons of content from the PlayStation Store.

The media side of the PS3 Console is remarkable stuff. The Blu-Ray format is in my honest opinion and underrated format. While HDTV’s aren’t in everyone’s home, the difference between an HDTV and SDTV is huge. Blu-Ray takes full advantage of the HD format and also allows for up to 50GB of storage.

This new model of the PS3 Console is more effective than its predecessor. Not only does it consume less power, but it is about 33% smaller and 33% lighter. It’s genuinely an electronic and hardware masterpiece, and the fact that such power can be crammed into such a small unit speaks volumes about the ingenuity of the human mind.

To summarize, the PS3 Console is a great piece of hardware that is multi-dimensional, future-proof, powerful, and is now at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend this product.

PS3 Console – A Great Long-Term Solution

What I really like about the slim is that it still has the same functionality as the old PS3 Console  (except the install os) for a lower price. I respect the 360 for Live, cross chat, and a good XMB, but think of the long term benefits with the PS3 Console slim. The slim consumes less power than the 360 thus cutting costs from your electric bill. Also, the slim has a big fan inside which helps prevent the system from burning. This is a problem for the 360: the lack of a good cooling system. Had Microsoft cut the price AND redesign the cooling system of its system, I would be giving a lot of thought on which console to purchase. However, Microsoft just cut the price and that’s it.

Also, the PS3 Console will be getting a lot of high quality exclusives. Its lineup is much more diverse than the 360. Yes, 360 will have Fable III, Alan Wake, Halo ODST, and Forza 3, but the PS3 Console will have Demon’s Souls, White Knight Chronicles, Uncharted 2, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time, EyePet, Gran Turismo 5, God of War III, Heavy Rain, MAG, ModNation Racers, Quantum Theory, and Afrika. Later on in 2010, it will get The Last Guardian, Agent, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and Last Rebellion.

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