Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor
Frédéric Chopin

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It's ghosted in and out of the chart over the years, but Chopin's Fantiasie Impromptu has managed to sneak in again for the ninth time in the Hall of Fame's history

This gorgeous work for solo piano was never published in Chopin's lifetime but it has become one of the composer's best-loved and most-performed works.

It was written for the Baroness d'Este in 1834 and is similar to the final movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Both pieces include melodies made up of furious semi-quavers and, like the Beethoven, Chopin's piece in C sharp minor.

The term Impromptu first came about in the Romantic period and implies freedom, something which Chopin perfectly captures in his dizzying, joyful Fantaisie-Impromptu.