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Mazurka in E flat minor, incypit

Genre: Mazurka

Key: E-flat minor

Opus/WN: Op. 6 No. 4

Creation date: 1830-1831

Acc. to Paderewski: X/4

Acc. to Turło: 54

Instruments: piano

Composition dedicated to:

Pauline Plater


The fourth of the opus 6 mazurkas is in the rare key of E flat minor. It appears to be more of an ephemeral lyric than a dance. But a lyric spun out on the rhythms and melody of a nostalgic kujawiak. One wonders at its shifting harmonies and the wealth of melodic shards that come and go in the voices accompanying the principal tune. Chopin gave this Mazurka a quick tempo (presto), although qualified with the adjunct ma non troppo (quick, but not too quick). Yet few pianists play it that way. In a quick rendition, it would become an oberek.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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