Listen

Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat Major, Op. 61 - Chopin - performed by Jonathan Biss!

<< Previous classical music pieceNext classical music piece >>
Composer:
Frédéric Chopin
Performer:
Jonathan Biss
Source:
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
License:
CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Views:
49

Download classical music piece as: mp3  
Add to classical music CD / Create free classical music CD
Add to playlist

Share Button


The Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61, is a composition for piano by Frédéric Chopin. It was dedicated to Mme A. Veyret, written and published in 1846.

It opens with Allegro maestoso, 3/4 time. This work was slow to gain favor with musicians, due to its harmonic complexity and intricate form. Arthur Hedley was one of the first critics to speak positively of the work, writing in 1947 that it 'works on the hearer's imagination with a power of suggestion equaled only by the F minor Fantasy or the fourth Ballade', although Arthur Rubinstein, Leff Pouishnoff, Claudio Arrau and Vladimir Horowitz had been including it in their programs some decades earlier.

It is intimately indebted to the polonaise for its metre, much of its rhythm, and some of its melodic character, but the fantaisie is the operative formal paradigm (Samson, 1988), and Chopin is said to have referred initially to the piece only as a Fantasy. Parallels with the Fantaisie in F minor include the work's overall tonality, A-flat, the key of its slower middle section, B major, and the motive of the descending fourth.

Jeffrey Kallberg has suggested that the Polonaise-Fantaisie represents a change in Chopin's style from 'late' to 'last'. It is suggested that the formal ambiguities of the piece (particularly the unconventional and musically misleading transitions into and out of the lyrical inner section) are the most significant defining qualities of this 'last style', which only includes this and one other piece—the F minor Mazurka (Op. 68, No. 4), Chopin's last composition.

References

Jeffrey Kallberg. Journal of the American Musicological Society , Vol. 38, No. 2 (Summer, 1985), pp. 264-315
----------------------------------------­-------------
The text above is offered by courtesy of Wikipedia, under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

Classical music piece performed by: Jonathan Biss, piano
Licensed by: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Music license: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Website: www.gardnermuseum.org

Schuberts' portrait by courtesy of Bibliothèque nationale de France

Classical music piece ID: HDCM0708

You can download this classical music piece from our website, en.hdclassicalmusic.com. There, you will also find our complete library of songs, curated playlists and a customized HD radio experience. Thank you for listening, and if you would like to discover more beautiful classical music, subscribe to our Youtube channel! 🙂


This project is made possible by the passion and hard work of thousands of people around the world, who have recorded the individual pieces of music, and by a small and dedicated team who has worked hard for over a year and a half to centralize them and bring them to you. We need your support to help us maintain, and develop our project further, so that we can achieve our goal of making classical music truly available to everyone in the world for free! Read about our values and long-term plan in our mission statement, check out our progress in our global statistics, and please consider supporting us.