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Frédéric Chopin: Waltzes

The Waltzes of Chopin have little in common  with those by Schubert or those by the Strauss circle – he  even wrote home from Vienna  pouring scorn on the waltz, horrified by the fact that “they actually call waltzes  works”. But perhaps with the intention of raising it to a higher level, he went  on to make continuous efforts in the genre himself, producing music that has  never lost its attraction for pianists or the public.
 Chopin started writing waltzes in 1824, when he was fourteen, and continued until the year of his death, 1849. Only eight of the waltzes were published during Chopin's lifetime - a further five were published and given opus numbers by Julian Fontana a few years after the composer's death. Since then, a large number of waltz manuscripts and sketches have been unearthed. Of these, seven have been published, two of them as late as 1955.

Chopin’s Waltzes fall  into two distinct categories: on the one side sparkling, highly ornamented  works, at least theoretically suitable for actual ballroom use; and on the  other more introspective, melancholy, nostalgic or even gloomy ones.


Sheet Music Downloads:

TitleASTKey Published Type Level
Waltz Op. 18 E-flat Major 1832 Piece 8
Waltz Op. 34 No. 1 A-flat Major 1835 Piece 8
Waltz Op. 34 No. 2 A Minor 1834 Piece 6
Waltz Op. 34 No. 3 F Major 1838 Piece 7
Waltz Op. 42 A-flat Major 1840 Piece 7
Waltz Op. 64 No. 1 D-flat Major 1847 Piece 7
Waltz Op. 64 No. 2 C-sharp Minor 1847 Piece 7
Waltz Op. 64 No. 3 A-flat Major 1847 Piece 6
Waltz Op. 69 No. 1 A-flat Major 1835 Piece 6
Waltz Op. 69 No. 2 B Minor 1829 Piece 6
Waltz Op. 70 No. 1 G-flat Major 1832 Piece 8
Waltz Op. 70 No. 2 F Minor 1842 Piece 7
Waltz Op. 70 No. 3 D-flat Major 1829 Piece 8
Waltz Op. posth. E Minor 1829 Piece 7
Waltz Op. posth. A Minor - Piece 5



Posts in the piano forum about Waltzes by Chopin:

exclamation Chopin Waltz No.3, Grande Valse Brilliente, 'Minute' Waltz, Op.64 No.2, Op69 No1
October 14, 2006, 12:33:02 PM by ihatepop

Sorry for the long threads title. I just wanted to ask that between the above waltzes, which is the most famous, which is the most worth learning and which is the hardest/simplest.

I would be most obliged if you don't mention any stupid comments about hardest/simplest.

ihatepop


xx Chopin's Waltz
September 24, 2006, 07:41:26 AM by sevten

In your opinion, what would you say is Chopin's most difficult Waltz?


xx Chopin Favorites
August 06, 2006, 09:32:59 PM by sevten

What is your favorite Ballade?
Favorite Nocturne?
Favorite Mazurka?
Favorite Waltz?
Keep in mind that they all have to be Chopin pieces.
Try to answer as many of them as you can.
Thank you!

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