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08.12.2023
Chopin’s Christmas music
But what did these musicians get up to during the festive season? And how did it inspire their work?

We all know that many of the greatest composers wrote Christmas music which remains popular today, whether that be Bach’s Oratorio or Händel’s Messiah. But what did these musicians get up to during the festive season? And how did it inspire their work? Some interesting answers to these questions are available in several letters collected by Classical Music Magazine. Chopin was renowned for using Polish folk music to inspire his compositions, and he even managed to make use of a 17th century Christmas carol for his first Scherzo. Lulajże Jezuniu (Sleep Little Jesus) is the melody that appears halfway through the piece.

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