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In September 1835, Chopin met up with the Wodziński family in Dresden. First he offered Maria the incipit of the Nocturne in E flat major, with the wish ‘soyez heureuse’ (‘be happy’). Two days later, before his departure, he dedicated to her the Waltz in A flat major. It too would remain among the inedita, another victim of Chopin’s overly harsh judgment of his works.

The wistfully dreamy main theme is followed by a complementary theme that Chopin has the pianist play energetically (con anima). Instead of a trio, we have a third theme, rendered gentle (dolce) and harmonious by whole sequences of thirds.

The Waltz in A flat major offered to Maria Wodzińska has been called ‘Les adieux’. ‘On Saturday, when you left us,’ wrote Maria a few days after their parting, ‘we were all walking around sad, our eyes filled with tears. You were the subject of all our conversations. That Waltz – the last thing we received and heard you play – has brought us closer together. We found pleasure – they in the listening and I in the playing, as it reminded us of our brother [Chopin]’.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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