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Mazurka in G major [Op. 67 No. 1] incypit

Genre: Mazurka

Key: G major

Opus/WN: [Op. 67 No. 1]

Creation date: przed 1830 (1825?)

Acc. to Fontana: 67 nr 1

Acc. to Paderewski: X/44

Acc. to Turło: 92

Instruments: piano

 

The Mazurka in G major, with the date 1835, was written into the album of Miss Anna Młokosiewicz of Warsaw. It is thought Chopin inscribed it there in Karlovy Vary, where the young lady was taking the waters with her father, a general, and Chopin had come to spend some time with his parents. Julian Fontana published this Mazurka among Chopin’s posthumous works, placing it at the head of the Op. 67 Mazurkas. It has the simplest form possible: a dance with trio in C major. And it seemingly invites us to a heel-clicking dance.

One might say that this whole Mazurka brings music that is more for dancing than for listening to, and an attempt at its folkloristic reconstruction reveals its close affinity with the folk prototype.

It is assumed – rightly so, it would seem – that the Mazurka in G major, though committed to paper in Karlovy Vary, was composed earlier, possibly in Vienna, during the long idle summer of 1831, or perhaps even earlier, in Warsaw.

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


 
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