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Mazurka in A flat major, Op. 7 No. 4 incypit

Genre: Mazurka

Key: A-flat major

Opus/WN: Op. 7 No. 4

Creation date: 1830-1831 (1. wersja nru 4 1824?)

Acc. to Paderewski: X/8

Acc. to Turło: 59

Instruments: piano

Composition dedicated to:

Paul Emile Johns


Like the A minor, the last of the mazurkas from opus 7, in A flat major, also had an earlier version. In 1824, Chopin presented its manuscript to Wilhelm Kolberg, Oskar’s elder brother. The two versions, the earlier and the later (from 1831), differ in details alone. We may assume, therefore, that this Mazurka was conceived in Szafarnia – that spot in Poland which joins Cuiavia with Mazovia and Pomerania with Dobrinland. What we have here is an unquestionable, albeit sublimated, cliché of folk music. Tadeusz Zieliński wrote that this Mazurka was ‘taken note for note from folklore’, yet at the same time was organically Chopin. The Mazurka in A flat major is also one of those mazurkas which, through the repetition of its motives, sends us into a trance, transports us to another world, which not so much fades away, but breaks off with the final note.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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