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Mazurka in C major [Op. 67 No. 3] incypit

Genre: Mazurka

Key: C major

Opus/WN: [Op. 67 No. 3]

Creation date: 1835

Acc. to Fontana: 67 nr 3

Acc. to Paderewski: X/46

Acc. to Turło: 94

Instruments: piano


The manuscript of the Mazurka in C major came into the possession of a Mrs Hoffman, as we know from the list of unpublished works drawn up by Chopin’s sister, Ludwika. It was long believed that the person in question was the well-known writer Klementyna, née Tańska, a friend of the Chopins. Today, however, we know that another Mrs Hoffman must also be considered, namely Adelina. She was the proprietress of a ladies’ fashion shop on Krakowskie Przedmieście Street in Warsaw. On the list of Chopin’s loftily-titled lady dedicatees, she occupies a distinguished place. The C major Mazurka dedicated to her flows smoothly along in the swaying rhythm of a songful kujawiak. The short trio acts barely as an interlude.

The whole work exudes a sentimental note, perhaps aroused by the ‘sweet’ sound of the parallel sixths and thirds that reinforce – in the repeats – the contour of the melody.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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