Of all the genres that Chopin wrote in, possibly the most individual is the mazurka, which recalls the rhythms, modes, and qualities of Polish music, permitting the listener to experience a sense of the composer’s native land. Combining the impacts of classical Polish music with the traditional dances– namely, the Mazur, the Kujawiak, and the Oberek– the mazurka enabled a variety of compositional approaches and mixes. The result is a collection of 57 unique short pieces, each with its own personality and taste. The collection as a whole stands as an important part of the modern piano collection.
Op. 41 marks the halfway point in the compositional advancement of Chopin’s mazurkas, and in it we can see more bold experiments in mode, type, and character. The opening piece of the collection is in the Phrygian mode, and the form is bigger to a rondo. A repeating theme includes a subtle melody line that broadens and skyrockets by the end of each expression. This mazurka’s contrasting areas consist of a more vibrant and dance-like passage and a more dramatic and frenzied part. Ending with a coda, the piece merely melts away. Hymn-like in its beginning, the 2nd mazurka develops into an expression of pure happiness. Chopin maintains an abundant chordal texture throughout the piece. The 3rd piece of the set is rather brief, with a contrast between the recurring opening rhythmic chordal figure and the energetic, arching melody. The last mazurka is very much a waltz, friendly and warm in character.
Classical Piano Chopin Mazurkas Op. 41 Musical Sheet PDF Download
|Name Translations:||Mazurkas, Op. 41; マズルカ作品41 (ショパン); 4 Mazurche op. 41; Masurques op. 41|
|I-Catalogue Number:||IFC 53|
|Year/Date of Composition:||1838–1839|