Chopin's Mazurkas - Part 6
For à Mr. E. Witwicki.
Some interesting harmonies to start this one out. Some kind of Phyrgian thing with the C♯m → D chord progression. Eventually it transitions to a major theme with a bit of a deceptive cadence.
The C (or maybe D, I lost count) section has some call-and-response back-and-forth between the left- and right-hands as it modulates to A major. That then transitions back to the main theme, except in a major key, and that D chord makes more sense within the F♯m harmonic scale.
Some mazurka-ish/Hungarian dance-ish dotted-eighth/sixteenth patterns follow, And finally the main theme is revisited loudly in octaves, before ending in a depressing funeral march waltz. Of sorts.
This one has an interesting start. Originally I thought this was in A minor until I actually looked at the key signature. It's in E minor but starts on an E7 chord. Then it's repeated down a fourth which gets to E minor.
A bunch of annoying-to-sight-read accidentals eventually lead us rather abruptly back to the main theme, only louder and angrier. I also found it interesting that my edition featured an explicit C♮ despite there being no C♯s in the previous measure. I guess it feels warranted after the overabundance of accidentals preceding it.
This one is all slow and sad and feels like it would have been part of a movie
soundtrack at some point. Like something depressing like a war movie in a scene
showing a montage of the destructive aftermath. Like "look at all the senseless
killing. We've won the war, but at what cost?"
I looked but it appears no one has done that, yet.
This one has a unique beginning. Some fast unison scales/arpeggios are featured. Haven't seen that kind of thing in the mazurkas yet.
And then Chopin was all "B major sucks, how about E♭ instead?" I'm sure there's some music theory explanation for that transition. I guess the scalar runs ends on a D♯, so he was like "yeah, that's the same as E♭ let's use that note".
And then he throws a curveball but ending that same run on a D♮ which gives him an excuse to transition to D major.
Overall this one is pretty fun. Kinda reminiscient of some of Chopin's waltzes.
This one is also very waltzy to start out. Eventually there's a picardy 3rd and now we're in C major.
Not much more to say about this one. It's short and sweet and basically a waltz.