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Etude in E flat minor, Op. 10 No. 6 incypit

Genre: Etude

Key: E-flat minor

Opus/WN: Op. 10 No. 6

Creation date: 1829-1832

Acc. to Paderewski: II/6

Acc. to Turło: 19

Instruments: piano

Composition dedicated to:

Ferenc Liszt


The sixth Etude, in E flat minor, forms a pair with the fifth. The brightness of that piece – enhanced by the pentatonic sheen of playing on the black keys – is complemented here by the deep shade of chromatic sonorities. The moving two-part writing of the desperately sad melodies, played con molta espressione, seems to wander around quite aimlessly.

Historians of harmony are wont to see the chromaticised sonorities of the E flat minor Etude as anticipating, or perhaps presaging, the harmony of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. The touchingly timorous ending, again Picardian, is preceded by the unexpected accentuation of a very distant key.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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