Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 22 (1830)

Written in Chopin’s twentieth year, this is a marvelous display piece. The sumptuous Polonaise is ceremonial, the Andante spianato (i.e., with smoothness) is a liquid-toned gem demanding a poet’s reading. The orchestral part is paltry, but has its flavor; many have dispensed with it altogether, permitting this work to be performed on the recital stage.