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Etude in F major, Op. 25 No. 3 incypit

Genre: Etude

Key: F major

Opus/WN: Op. 25 No. 3

Creation date: przed 1837 (1835-1837?)

Acc. to Paderewski: II/15

Acc. to Turło: 28

Instruments: piano

Composition dedicated to:

Maria d'Agoult


Against the lightness, airiness, gentleness and songfulness of the first two etudes of Op. 25, Chopin set the next three etudes, which might be termed ‘scherzotic’. They assail the listener with the distinctness of their rhythm, which dominates here over melody, though the latter is also present. Also foregrounded is the articulation. It is short notes that dominate – distinctive, struck and broken off, extinguished by accents and rests.

The first of these three etudes, in F major, in third place in the set, skips joyfully along. Its ‘broken’ Lombardic rhythm, which rules the whole work undivided, brings vigour, bravura and a ludic mood.

At first it proceeds leggiero, but every eight bars the pianist has to present a new kind of articulation and timbre, at times strong and heavy. The end is unexpected: an etude that had been bursting with energy and bravura suddenly falls quiet and dies.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
[Cykl audycji "Fryderyka Chopina Dzieła Wszystkie"]
Polish Radio, program II


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