Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38, was made up from 1836 to 1839 in Nohant, France, and on the Spanish island of Majorca. Robert Schumann, who had devoted his Kreisleriana, Op. 16, to Chopin, received the commitment of this Ballade in return. The piece has been slammed by some popular pianists and musicologists, including its dedicatee Schumann, as a less ingenious work than the first. There is some degree of disagreement as to its motivation, with the claim typically made that it was inspired by Adam Mickiewicz’s poem Świtezianka, the lake of Willis, however this claim is unsubstantiated, and the Ballade No. 3 is in some cases credited to this poem as well.
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Similar to the Ballades No. 3 and No. 4, the Ballade No. 2 is written in compound duple (6/8) time. It opens silently on the dominant of the F significant key, with repeated Cs in both the left and right hands. This quickly progresses to a tune and advancement with the performance instruction sotto voce– literally “under the voice”, or “quietly”. This area goes out with numerous repeated As in the right-hand man. The next section of the ballade, in plain contrast to the first, opens with the performance direction Presto con fuoco– literally “really quick with fire”. It remains in an uncommon secret for a secondary tune; instead of being in the parallel minor of F significant, it is instead in A minor. Chopin scholar and biographer Frederick Niecks writes of it, “The entrance of the presto … appears out of keeping with exactly what precedes; however what we hear after … validates the presence of the presto.” The piece shortly returns to its original pace and style, and the first melody is further elaborated. Here, Chopin incorporates variations on the melody not present in the preliminary expository stage of the piece. This advancement progresses up until the Presto con fuoco style is naturally reintroduced and recapitulated. This time, it is elaborated on too, and ends quickly, until the style is echoed again and the piece goes out. The initial F major style is echoed, and now in A small, the secret of the Presto; it is therefore that the piece ends, without returning to its tonic key.
|Name Translations:||Balada em Fá maior; Ballade Nr. 2; バラード第2番; בלדה מס’ 2 בפה מז’ור, אופוס 38; Ballata n. 2 op. 38; Ballada op. 38 (Chopin); Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38; Ballade nr. 2 (Chopin)|
|Opus/Catalogue Number:||Op. 38|
|I-Catalogue Number:||IFC 6|
|Year/Date of Composition:||1836-1839|