Devoted to the Countess Esterházy, the Impromptu in G flat major, Op. 51, was made up in 1842 and published in 1843 in Leipzig. Unlike Chopin’s other impromptus, that in G flat major remains in a compound meter (12/8). Opening with a single line, the piece’s texture grows increasingly dense throughout the very first area. The similarity between the opening and the first style of the Impromptu in A flat major, Op. 29, is apparent from the start. Without duplicating the very first style, Chopin carries on to the second, which begins with an increasing scale and closes after a long chromatic descent. The subsequent repeat of this expression is so diverse and goes through such remote consistencies that it seems like new material. Chopin skips the very first 2 steps of the opening style at the return; the first tip that these measures are actually initial and not part of the theme.
For the opening of the B area, Chopin juxtaposes 2 procedures of consistent 8th note rhythm with 2 procedures of slower moving chords. This four-measure complex occurs twice, with some variation, before paving the way to a new idea including scales that reach the stratosphere. The second part of the trio remains in 4/4 meter, but this is not immediately evident because Chopin continues to compose triplets for the right hand. Once the duplet eighth notes in the left hand develop a polyrhythmic texture, however, the new meter ends up being audible. The jumping tune and polyrhythm, stressing the dominant (D flat), eventually dissolve into a return of the very first style, which once again is missing the initial procedures. Both area A themes follow in their original types, as does the first part of area B.
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|Name Translations:||Impromptu op. 51 (Chopin); Impromptu no. 3 in G-flat major, op. 51; 即興曲第3番 (ショパン); Impromptu n.º 3 (Chopin); Improvviso n. 3 op. 51; Impromptu núm. 3|
|I-Catalogue Number:||IFC 33|
|Year/Date of Composition:||1842|
|Dedication:||A Mme. la Comtesse Esterhazy|