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The third and last of the Op. 59 Mazurkas, in F sharp minor, drags one into the whirl of a Mazurian dance from the very first bars, with its sweeping, unconstrained gestures, its verve, élan, exuberance, and also, more importantly, the occasional suppressing of that vigour and momentum, in order to yield up music that is tender, subtle, delicate – music that sounds in the bright key of F sharp major, with a melody proceeding in thirds, piano and dolce, as in the Barcarolle, the idea for which was taking shape at this time. So in the F sharp minor Mazurka, moments given over entirely to the element of dance entwine with moments in which the Terpsichorean narrative is halted, be it only for an instant, to allow for contemplation and reflection, or a wonderment leading to ecstatic delight. One cannot speak of the Mazurka in F sharp minor in purely formal terms. When listening to it, we touch upon music that appears to reveal the composer’s personality. When played in the manner it deserves, it can bring a cathartic-like experience.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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