Frédéric Chopin
Scherzi

About Frédéric Chopin's Scherzi

Contrary to their name, the four scherzos are not light-hearted compositions, and the first three, in particular the Scherzo in B minor, have very strong dramatic accents.
The first and last make the most of the ternary form, with extreme contrasts between the outer sections, full of restless motion, and the melodious middle episodes. The second and third scherzos shows Chopin’s ingenuity in creating new complex and dramatised forms, full of astonishing changes, sudden pauses and contrasts.
The most popular of these pieces is the B-flat Scherzo, Op. 31. Chopin himself used it in his teaching and admonished his pupils to play the famous first bars in a manner that evoked the image of a mortuary.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
Scherzo 1 Op. 20  in B Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAB Scherzo 1 Op. 2036 B Minor 1833 8+
Scherzo 2 Op. 31  in B-flat Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAC Scherzo 2 Op. 3134 B-flat Minor 1837 8+
Scherzo 3 Op. 39  in C-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAD Scherzo 3 Op. 395 C-sharp Minor 1839 8+
Scherzo 4 Op. 54  in E Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAE Scherzo 4 Op. 5413 E Major 1843 8+

Forum posts about the Scherzi by Frédéric Chopin

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