The Polish composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-1949) would have celebrated his birthday on March 1st. It’s not a round birthday, so the world won’t be celebrating it with fireworks. But more than a freaky will light a candle in his honor. The Argentine pianist Juan María Solare is one of them: His version of the famous Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 in E minor is being released promptly on March 1st on all digital streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, TIDAL…) and even on Instagram and TikTok, for those who want to use this music as background for their Stories or Reels.

This Prelude by Chopin is one of his most well-known and beloved works: It’s the composition he wanted to be played at his funeral (together with Mozart’s Requiem). A heartbreaking miniature, the epitome of melancholy. This work is paradigmatic for the aesthetics of “Dark Academia Classical“. Juan María Solare, who has been playing this Prelude since his student days, presents us with his extremely respectful and at the same time personal version.

Under this ‘SmartURL’, you’ll find a “Hub-Link” to numerous streaming platforms (Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, etc.):

Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28: No. 4 in E Minor - artwork - piano - Juan María Solare

The artwork, as has been customary lately, was created by the artist himself with the help of an Artificial Intelligence app (NightCafe Studio).

The recording was made on the Steinway grand piano at the “Access All Areas Studios” in Bremen, with sound engineer Nils Völcker. The single will be released through the German record label Janus Music & Sound.

The pianist and composer Juan María Solare (Argentina, 1966) treads rarely traveled paths: His music draws a line that subtly connects classical music with light music. A graduate in composition from Buenos Aires and Cologne. Common genres: (Neo-)Classical music and Tango. Solare teaches at the University of Bremen and at the Hochschule für Künste. He has given concerts in Texas, Germany, London, Istanbul, or Scandinavia. He is also the editor of four piano albums for Ricordi and a fifth for Peters Verlag. He directs the orchestra of the Bremer Orchestergemeinschaft. His music has been streamed over 25 million times on Spotify.