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Mazurka in F minor, Op. 63 No. 2 incypit

Genre: Mazurka

Key: F minor

Opus/WN: Op. 63 No. 2

Creation date: 1846

Acc. to Paderewski: X/40

Acc. to Turło: 90

Instruments: piano

Composition dedicated to:

Laura Czosnowska

 

The second of the Op. 63 Mazurkas is in the nostalgic key of F minor. It is one great sigh, uttered through the exquisitely beautiful and noble phrase of a kujawiak. The middle section, in A flat major, brings a brief rousing, an attempt to pull free of the somnolent atmosphere. The simplicity of the reprise form obliges the opening theme to return. A nostalgic mood leads to the fading of the melody, in a descending chromaticised phrase.

When listening to the F minor Mazurka, we are inclined to concur with Józef Chomiński, when he calls Chopin’s mazurkas his ‘personal confessions’. A hundred years previously, a similar intuition was displayed by the essayist and diarist Wilhelm von Lenz, who expressed it in the language of his epoch: ‘The mazurkas are the mirror of his soul’.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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