Chabrier was a contemporary and a great admirer of the French
Impressionist painters. Chabrier was enchanted by the rhythms and romantic images of Spain, which appear in some of his works.
Marche Joyeuse was originally written for the piano, but later orchestrated. His rhapsody,
Espa�a, is especially famous, both in its original orchestral version, in his
piano version, and also in the waltz adaptation by Waldteufel.
was a virtuoso pianist, and his piano works reflect this, containing many
virtuoso passages. These all form an important and integral component to the
vitality of his works.