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Chopin: Waltz Op. posth. in A Minor

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ID:2693
Frédéric Chopin - Waltzes :
Waltz, Op. posth.
Waltz Op. posth.  in A Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: A Minor Year: -
Level: 5 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Instructive - all parts (350 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (533 kB)
piano music mp3 recording Waltz Op. posth. - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)


Chopin’s last waltz?

This Waltz by Chopin was unearthed as late as the 1950s, together with another previously unknown waltz in E flat major (no 18) by the American pianist Byron Janis, at Chateau Thoiry near Paris, France. A few years later he repeated his discovery at the Yale University, where he found two other unknown versions of the same Waltzes!

This is one of the more introspective and melancholy of Chopin’s waltzes. It was composed near the end of the composer’s life, perhaps even as late as 1849, when he was very weak and surely realised that he didn’t have much time left to live.



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Practice & Performance Tips:
As in any piece by Chopin, focus on a cantabile playing and make use of the tempo rubato.

Many of Chopin’s waltzes are in an ABA form - they have 3 sections, which many times are punctuated by repeat signs. Find these sections and add capital letters (A) and (B) at the beginning of each section. Then use the directions listed below to practice each section.

1 – Practice the left hand only first.
a) Play the downbeats only (bass notes) going from one measure to another. Note the pattern outlined by this bass line and memorize it, speaking the note names as you play.
b) Likewise, play the second beat only (chords) going from one measure to the next. Note the pattern outlined by these chords and note the voice leading. Can you play the chords lightly, with firm fingers and a supple wrist?

2 – Practice the right hand only.
Following the phrasing correctly gives continuity to your playing. Note the slurs - Chopin was very specific with markings - and make sure that the notes under these slurs are played legato.
Do not forget to add shape to your lines and to breathe between phrases.

If you play the ornaments lightly, your lines will sound smoother.... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.

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