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Chopin: Polonaise Op. 53 in A-flat Major

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Frédéric Chopin - Polonaises :
Polonaise, Op. 53
Polonaise Op. 53  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: A-flat Major Year: 1843
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score
Recordings in Naxos Music Library

A vision of Polish glory

The first theme of this most epic of Chopin's Polonaises, following a brief introduction that sets the majestic tone of the piece, feels very aristocratic and triumphant. It is later contrasted with a fanfare-like theme in E major, introduced by fortissimo arpeggiated chords. This second theme is first heard softly, as if from afar, then twice grows into mighty climaxes, the second of which leads back to the noble first theme. The second theme is accompanied by a bass ostinato of descending octaves in the left hand. These continuous left hand octaves, which easily stiffen the arm if not played with a proper technique, are perhaps what most pianists consider the most technically difficult feature of this piece. However, it might be helpful to remember the fact that, according to Chopin’s friend Charles Hallé, the composer always “felt very unhappy when he heard the grande polonaise in A flat major played fast, as it spoilt the whole grandeur and majesty of that noble inspiration."

Classical piano sheet music by Chopin to download: Polonaise Op. 53 in the key of This piece has difficulty level 8+ in the category Piece

Polonaise Op. 53 in A-flat Major, a composition by the early romantic composer Frédéric Chopin who was born in 1810 and died in 1849. The piano score of this piece was first published in 1843 and is part of Chopin's Polonaises.
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