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Country Dance in G flat major incypit

Genre: Dances

Key: G-flat major

Opus/WN: [op. posth.]

Creation date: przed 1830 (1827?)

Acc. to Paderewski: XVIII

Instruments: piano


The country dance was a keynote dance – the kind to which Mozart’s Don Giovanni seduced Zerlina. It was most often written in a 2/4 or 6/8 metre. As Oskar Kolberg noted, the figures of this dance in turn ‘drew the dancers together, then moved them away from each other. Joined them, then separated them’.

The Country Dance in G flat major ascribed to Chopin was discovered and published in 1934. Its authenticity is not certain, as the extant manuscript is not in the composer’s hand. Stanisław Szpinalski, Roman Jasiński and Ludwik Bronarski attributed this dance to Chopin. Chomiński and Elsner included it among the dubious works. When listening to this graceful but flighty dance miniature, that is worth bearing in mind.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
[Cykl audycji "Fryderyka Chopina Dzieła Wszystkie"]
Polish Radio, program II


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