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Mazurka in B major, Op. 63 No. 1 incypit

Genre: Mazurka

Key: B major

Opus/WN: Op. 63 No. 1

Creation date: 1846

Acc. to Paderewski: X/39

Acc. to Turło: 89

Instruments: piano

Composition dedicated to:

Laura Czosnowska

 

The first of the opus 63 Mazurkas, in B major, begins with the jaunty theme of a mazur. It is immediately followed by a second theme, in which the almost palpable, concrete recollection of a rustic band becomes disrupted.

In the late autumn of 1848, in a letter from Scotland, Chopin sighed: ‘I barely still remember how they sing back home’. The B major Mazurka ends in quiet disturbance, but the last two chords ultimately vanquish that entropy. So it is a fluctuation of moods that comprises this work, conceived at Nohant, during Chopin’s last autumn there, and prepared for publication a year later, in his Parisian solitude.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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