Chopin's Mazurkas - Part 9
Opus 63 brings a close to this series. Technically there are the posthumous mazurkas but after this I'll have listened to and vaguely analyzed 41 of Chopin's mazurkas and frankly, that's enough for a lifetime.
For à Madame la Comtesse L. Czosnowska.
Starts off very minuet-ish with lots of passing tones in 3rds.
The beginning is fairly straightforward until a little modulation into E and then E♭, which ends with another one of those "spelling ties" that I enjoy so much.
The coda has a nice little vibe with switching the beat from 3 → 2 and a little chromaticism in the right hand.
I liked the parallels in the main theme between the first eight measures and the last eight measures. The first eight in C and the second eight end in F minor with similar passages.
The B section has a nice little fugue-esque countermelody as it kind of almost rotates around the circle of fifths (G → D → G → C → F).
Overall very short and sweet. This was like the perfect length for a mazurka: very little monotony or repetition. Just some nice melodies.
The main theme features the classic
V of the
progression, going D♯ → G♯ → C♯m.
The return to the A section throws in a little deceptive cadence/picardy 3rd
with a transition to C♯ instead of C♯m. Which then of course leads
V of the
V to get us back to the tonic.
And it comes to a close with some truly Liszt-esque jumps. And also a left-hand crossover just to impress your audience, I guess.
- Earlier this year I recorded some of his pieces
- The ones published while he was alive, anyway.