The Contradanse in G flat major is a work apparently written by Frédéric Chopin in either 1827 or 1829. The authenticity of the piece is really a subject of dispute amongst scholars, as the only making it through manuscript is not in Chopin’s handwriting. The work does not have an opus number, so it is usually referred to by its Brown catalogue number, B. 17. It was published in 1934, contrary to his wish that all his unpublished manuscripts be burned.
This Chopin work is relaxed and wonderfully stylish in its lightness and nonchalance. Its basic characteristics, as they relate to this particular category, are easy to understand: while the contredanse included many complex steps, it was more classy than hectic for the couples who dealt with each other to perform its broad range of motions. It is a French dance that dates to the late-eighteenth century, most likely having been imported from England, where it was called “country dance.” Chopin, a student at the Warsaw Conservatory when he composed this work, always had a predilection for things French– long prior to he became an exile in Paris– since his daddy was French. The primary theme of this Contredanse is conjures up, in a most appealing manner, the environment of pleased leisure. Surprisingly, this work does not have the relatively common tints of regret and wistfulness that one hears in much of Chopin’s music, even the happier works. However, the intense state of mind is tempered by a stylish, even prim, reserve.
Contredanse in G-flat major B. 17 Chopin Piano Sheet Music Download
|Name Translations:||Contradanza para piano (Chopin); Contredanse in G-flat major, B. 17; Contredanse|
|Opus/Catalogue Number:||Op. A 1 No. 4; B.17|
|I-Catalogue Number:||IFC 18|
|Year/Date of Composition:||1827 or 1829|