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Etude in E minor, Op. 25 No. 5 incypit

Genre: Etude

Key: E minor

Opus/WN: Op. 25 No. 5

Creation date: przed 1837 (1835-1837?)

Acc. to Paderewski: II/17

Acc. to Turło: 30

Instruments: piano

Composition dedicated to:

Maria d'Agoult


The third in the group of ‘scherzotic’ etudes (and the fifth in the opus 25 set), in E minor, is a scherzo in miniature. The outer sections, dominated by a broken rhythm, quasi-guitar arpeggios and a leggiero style, proceed at a quick vivace tempo. Chopin wants it played scherzando.

The middle section, which discharges a function analogous to a trio, moves along slowly. It allows us to listen freely to the wondrously beautiful, refined and natural melody, conveyed in the cello register and in cello-like colours, to the accompaniment of rising and falling figuration. This etude also has a surprising finale: a suddenly more dramatic turn to the course of the music, ending with strange hollering from fortissimo chords and a soaring passage in a major, not minor, key.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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