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Troubled waters (words by S. Witwicki) incypit

Genre: Song

Opus/WN: [Op. 74 No. 3]

Creation date: 1831

Acc. to Fontana: 74 nr 3

Acc. to Paderewski: XVII/3

Acc. to Turło: 131

Instruments: voice & piano


Witwicki’s ‘Smutna rzeka’ tells of events and mysteries in southern Slavic lands, in a tone of gentle complaint. Chopin gave the song the character of restrained lament. The broad, tuneful melody moves along in the achingly sad key of F sharp minor. The balladic narration proceeds in archaic three-measure phrases, transporting us to a distant time and space.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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