Frédéric Chopin
Polonaises

About Frédéric Chopin's Polonaises

The polonaise is a couple dance in moderate 3/4 time, originating from Poland (its name is the French word for Polish). Over the years it simply became a term for an instrumental work with certain characteristics, relatively independent of its dance and national origins, but Chopin’s mature works in the genre were to become true symbols of Polish nationalism, especially the most famous one, the “Heroic” Polonaise in A-flat, Op. 53.
When Poland was invaded in 1939, this work (recorded by Paderewski, the great Polish pianist and statesman) was played over and over again on Warsaw radio, until the Nazis were able to shut the station down.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
Polonaise 1 Op. 26 No. 1  in C-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAB Polonaise 1 Op. 26 No. 15 C-sharp Minor 1836 8+
Polonaise 2 Op. 26 No. 2  in E-flat Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAC Polonaise 2 Op. 26 No. 212 E-flat Minor 1836 8+
Polonaise 3 Op. 40 No. 1  in A Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAD Polonaise 3 Op. 40 No. 129 A Major 1840 8+
Polonaise 4 Op. 40 No. 2  in C Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAE Polonaise 4 Op. 40 No. 22 C Minor 1840 8+
Polonaise 5 Op. 44  in F-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAF Polonaise 5 Op. 4420 F-sharp Minor 1841 8+
Polonaise 6 (Heroic Polonaise) Op. 53  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAG Polonaise 6 (Heroic Polonaise) Op. 5327 A-flat Major 1843 8+
Polonaise-Fantaisie Op. 61  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAH Polonaise-Fantaisie Op. 6127 A-flat Major 1846 8+
Polonaise 8 Op. 71 No. 1  in D Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAI Polonaise 8 Op. 71 No. 18 D Minor 1827 8+
Polonaise 9 Op. 71 No. 2  in B-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAJ Polonaise 9 Op. 71 No. 233 B-flat Major 1828 8+
Polonaise 10 Op. 71 No. 3  in F Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAK Polonaise 10 Op. 71 No. 318 F Minor 1829 8+
Polonaise 11  B. 1  in G Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAL Polonaise 11 B. 124 G Minor 1817 5
Polonaise 12  B. 3  in B-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAM Polonaise 12 B. 333 B-flat Major 1817 5
Polonaise 13  B. 5  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAN Polonaise 13 B. 527 A-flat Major 1821 7
Polonaise 14  B. 6  in G-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAO Polonaise 14 B. 626 G-sharp Minor 1822 8+
Polonaise 15  B. 13  in B-flat Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAP Polonaise 15 B. 1334 B-flat Minor 1826 8
Polonaise 16  B. 36  in G-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAQ Polonaise 16 B. 3621 G-flat Major 1829 8+

Forum posts about the Polonaises by Frédéric Chopin

What should I take on before tackling a Scherzo/Polonaise by goethefan69420
Gonna keep this brief. I can play scales forward and contrary fast almost all major, c minor, and some other ones hands together, I can lea...

What Chopin pieces should I move on to? by kanacs
I have completed ATCL before, now I'm trying to get into harder Chopin pieces  :) What pieces should I play in order to progress f...

Chopin's inspirations: Polish folk music and nationalism by mjames
I've been diggin a bit about a topic that's bothered me for a few years: Chopin's apparent study and adaptation of Polish fol...

Seeking recordings: Frankl plays Chopin ballades and polonaises by josh h
Hi, Can anyone suggest a place where I can purchase or acquire CD or mp3 (or other PC-based formats) recordings of Peter Frankl playing Cho...

Chopin complete Polonaises? by m2r
They are full of challenging reaches but have absolutely wonderful melodies....

Can you grade difficulties of these pieces from easiest to hardest? by redrum232
  Chopin: Ballade no 1, Ballade no 2, Ballade no 3, Scherzo no 3, Scherzo no 2, Berceuse, Polonaise Heroique  , Beethoven: Waldst...

Chopin Polonaises by rshillen
Can anyone give me some guidance regarding the technical and musical difficulties of the Chopin Polonaises?. Although I've studied vari...