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Mazurka in C minor, Op. 30 No. 1 incypit

Genre: Mazurka

Key: C minor

Opus/WN: Op. 30 No. 1

Creation date: 1835-1837

Acc. to Paderewski: X/18

Acc. to Turło: 68

Instruments: piano

Composition dedicated to:

Maria Czartoryska-Wirtemberska


Around 1835, Chopin began working on two new sets of mazurkas, which were published as Opp. 30 and 33. In each of the sets, he placed four mazurkas; and in each, the last mazurka, closing the opus, brought a breath of grand music – here, the dance miniatures grew into dance poems. The mazurkas that precede those opus-ending apotheoses present music of a more modest shape and expression, focussed within itself, more succinct and more fleeting. They come and go, like the first, in C minor, that opens opus 30, inspired by a kujawiak, which is particularly apt to be played in tempo rubato.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
[Cykl audycji "Fryderyka Chopina Dzieła Wszystkie"]
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