Le chemin de fer by Charles-Valentin Alkan


''Le chemin de fer'' is characterized by rapidly repeating bass notes, difficult to play and exacerbated by the extreme tempo.]]

'''''Le chemin de fer''''' (French for "the railway"), Op. 27, is a programmatic étude for piano composed by Charles-Valentin Alkan in 1844, frequently cited as the first musical representation of a railway. It is a ''perpetuum mobile'' composition at an extremely fast tempo, in D minor, and performance at tempo lasts approximately five minutes.