Fantasy Impromptu Op.66
Polish genius sits down to play
rippling music, joyful sound,
ideas translated, extempore:
attentive audience spellbound.
Improvisation can produce serendipitous music or a discordant mish-mash. Whenever I tried it as a child, a voice from the kitchen would call out. “You’re just messing about. Get on with your practice.” I always resented it, but, my name’s not Chopin, so perhaps she was right.