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Chopin: Grande Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42

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  • Composer: Frédéric Chopin
  • Editor: Ewald Zimmermann
  • Fingering: Hans-Martin Theopold
  • Instrumentation: Piano
  • Work: Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42
  • ISMN: 9790201813226
  • Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
  • Pages: 12
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


The fact that Chopin's waltzes are no longer dance music, but refined concert pieces for performance in salon or concert hall, emerges nowhere as-sharply as in the "Grande Valse", Op. 42. The main theme banters with a delightful rhythmic shifting between the accompaniment in the typical ¾ time and the melody, which, in its turn, is heard in duple time. Robert Schumann called this waltz a "salon piece of the most noble type"; one which, in spite of all its brilliance and virtuosity, can still be mastered by advanced amateurs.