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My beloved (words by B. Zaleski) incypit

Genre: Song

Opus/WN: [Op. 74 No. 8]

Creation date: 1841

Acc. to Fontana: 74 nr 8

Acc. to Paderewski: XVII/8

Acc. to Turło: 136

Instruments: voice & piano


It is not known whether this work, so far removed from all technical and emotional complications that it verges on the primitive, was written in the summer of 1843 or earlier, at Nohant. A stanzaic song, to words by Bohdan Zaleski, ‘Śliczny chłopiec’ is the song that so delighted Chopin’s sister Ludwika when she visited Nohant a year later. Zaleski dressed a Ukrainian dumka (elegy) in Polish words, to which Chopin gave the melody and rhythms of an unpretentious mazurka. In a letter to his sister, he called ‘Śliczny chłopiec’ a ‘little ditty’. One wonders who could have sung it at Nohant? Ludwika? Or perhaps Pauline Viardot? And how might this unrefined – compared to the mazurkas or the Berceuse – naively sentimental song have sounded in George Sand’s drawing-room?

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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