Frédéric Chopin
Waltzes

About Frédéric Chopin's 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.

ID:28
Preview TitleKey Year Level
Waltz 1 Op. 18  in E-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAB Waltz 1 Op. 1811 E-flat Major 1832 8
Waltz 2 Op. 34 No. 1  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAC Waltz 2 Op. 34 No. 127 A-flat Major 1835 8
Waltz 3 Op. 34 No. 2  in A Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAD Waltz 3 Op. 34 No. 230 A Minor 1834 6
Waltz 4 Op. 34 No. 3  in F Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAE Waltz 4 Op. 34 No. 317 F Major 1838 7
Waltz 5 Op. 42  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAF Waltz 5 Op. 4227 A-flat Major 1840 7
Waltz 6 Op. 64 No. 1  in D-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAG Waltz 6 Op. 64 No. 16 D-flat Major 1847 7
Waltz 7 Op. 64 No. 2  in C-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAH Waltz 7 Op. 64 No. 25 C-sharp Minor 1847 7
Waltz 8 Op. 64 No. 3  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAI Waltz 8 Op. 64 No. 327 A-flat Major 1847 6
Waltz 9 Op. 69 No. 1  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAJ Waltz 9 Op. 69 No. 127 A-flat Major 1835 6
Waltz 10 Op. 69 No. 2  in B Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAK Waltz 10 Op. 69 No. 236 B Minor 1829 6
Waltz 11 Op. 70 No. 1  in G-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAL Waltz 11 Op. 70 No. 121 G-flat Major 1832 8
Waltz 12 Op. 70 No. 2  in F Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAM Waltz 12 Op. 70 No. 218 F Minor 1842 7
Waltz 13 Op. 70 No. 3  in D-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAN Waltz 13 Op. 70 No. 36 D-flat Major 1829 8
Waltz 14  B. 56  in E Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAO Waltz 14 B. 5614 E Minor 1829 7
Waltz 15  B. 44  in E Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAP Waltz 15 B. 4413 E Major 1829 7
Waltz 16  B. 21  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAQ Waltz 16 B. 2127 A-flat Major 1827 7
Waltz 17  B. 46  in E-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAR Waltz 17 B. 4611 E-flat Major 1830 7
Waltz 18  B. 133  in E-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAS Waltz 18 B. 13311 E-flat Major 1840 5
Waltz 19 (Sostenuto)  B. 150  in A Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAT Waltz 19 (Sostenuto) B. 15030 A Minor 1849 5

Forum posts about the Waltzes by Frédéric Chopin

Advanced pianists: Why do you play the piano? by ranjit
When you start out playing the piano, there is quite a bit of social incentive to do so. Once you reach a stage where you can walk up to a p...

Pedaling in Chopin Waltzes by billybraga
Hi, im currently learning Chopin's Grande Valse Brillante, and im kinda confused on how can i handle the pedal on it.  Actually, w...

A personal path through Chopin easy to intermediate op by joe falchetto
In learning Chopin, which of the following paths should I pick for this year? A bit of background on me at the end of the post. 1. Focus on...

My teacher is not happy with the sound of quality, how should I improve? by claireliii
My teacher always is very strict with the quality of sound. I am playing Chopin's valse, and she says when I am playing forte, my sound...

Intro and how to choose an etudes appropriate for your level by joe falchetto
TL;DR as a guideline in selecting studies of the right level, how long should it take you to learn a run of the mill (Czerny, Bertini, Crame...

what piece to play? by pianoclassico
so i have been wondering for a while what piece to play , i would prefer it to be a chopin (or a romantic era composer) one though i want it...

Problems with short and medium jumps by pernozzoli
Hi, I'm quite new to this forum so let me shortly introduce myself. I am 47 yrs old and an amateur player since the age of 9. I had se...

"Real memory" by mjames
About a week ago a friend of mine who recently got into piano music was listening to a piece I learned about three years ago. "Hey I ca...

Related Reading: Chopin Waltzes by jmallet
Hi all, I'm doing a recital of four Chopin Waltzes for my A-level. I've got plenty of performers to listen to (Cortot, Lipatti, Ru...

performance of the following masterclass and tips-need some assistance by classicalinquisition
currently looking for the following: [literature ok too] CHOPIN [ALL] Waltz in D-flat Major Op. 64 # 1 Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45 Pre...

Chopin waltzes in octaves: is it a good idea? by spenstar
Most of the Chopin waltzes have single notes at a time one the right hand. Do you think it would be a good exercise to change it to octaves?...

Wrists Too Stiff by rmchenry
Hi all, I have been playing since age about 12, only ever had one year of "proper" teaching, just play for my own sanity.  N...

Speculate a ratio between talent, teaching, and time? by fleetfingers
I watched a 12-year-old boy who has been taking lessons for a year play a Chopin Valse. I couldn't believe my eyes or ears, but I was 2...

ALL ABOUT CHOPIN WALTZES by sjeon
CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME A LIST OF CHOPIN WALTZES EASIEST TO HARDEST? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE/LEAST FAVORITE WALTZ? CAN SOMEONE TELL ME THE CHARACT...

Chopin Waltz No.3, Grande Valse Brilliente, 'Minute' Waltz, Op.64 No.2, Op69 No1 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 lea...