Frédéric Chopin composed his Funeral March in C minor in 1827, though the work was published in 1855, six years after his death. It is normally described as Op. posth. 72 no. 2, or by its Brown brochure number: B. 20. Chopin asked for all his unpublished manuscripts to be burned after his death. Most of them, however, were edited throughout the years. Written when the composer was 17 and a trainee at the Warsaw Conservatory, it currently shows many stylistic finger prints of the master to come: accompaniment in chords played in step with the main theme, a tune that can unexpectedly turn from the morose to the sweet; and a sonic fabric whose color and expressive variety plainly brake with Classical custom.
The work opens with a somber, dignified theme whose sluggish gait imparts a sense of desolation. Yet when the melody reaches the upper varieties of the piano it quickly brightens and consoles, but in the sense that pity can provide only temporary solace to the bereaved. The middle area trio is based upon the primary style and is lovely in its gentleness, but cannot brake with the overall dark mood. The primary theme go back to close the piece.
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This work was released posthumously (in 1855 in Berlin), probably a sign the composer was not pleased with it. While this Funeral service March’s product might not be adequately varied to justify its roughly five-minute length, its writing is typically innovative for its time, and its thematic products are of enough interest to warrant higher attention than the work has usually received.