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WORKS WITHOUT OPUS : INDEXED WORKS | UNINDEXED WORKS
   WORKS WITH OPUS : 01-05 | 06-10 | 11-15 | 16-20 | 21-25
                     26-30 | 31-35 | 36-40 | 41-45 | 46-50
                     51-55 | 56-60 | 61-65 | 66-70 | 71-74 

 

Works without opus in this section are indexed by Maurice J. E. Brown. All works are arranged in chronological order.

Polonaise

for pianoforte in G minor, (Br. 1, KK. 889)
composed in 1817, published in 1817

        dedicated to Victoria Skarbek

"... we cannot conceal from the public the following composition, disseminated in print by the hand of a friend: Polonaise pour pianoforte dédiée à son Excellence Mlle la Comtesse Victoire Skarbek par Frédéric Chopin agé de 8 ans. The composer of this Polish dance, a young lad only eight years of age, a true musical genius: not only does he plays on the piano the most difficult pieces with the greatest facility and extraordinary taste, but he is already the composer of a number of dances and variations by which connoisseurs of music are unceasingly amazed, above all given their composer's youthful age..." - From a piece in the Parmi tnik Warszawski, year 4, vol 10 (1818)

Military March

for pianoforte, (Br. 2) composed in 1817

No copy of this publication is known. We know from letters between J. Fontana and J.W. Sterlings.
The piece was scored for military band and composed for the grand duke Konstanty.
 

Polonaise

for pianoforte in B Flat Major, (Br. 3, KK. 1182-1183)
composed in 1817, published in 1834

Mazurka ('Mazurek')

for pianoforte in D Major, (Br. 4) composed in 1820 (?)

date of comp. doubtful!

Polonaise

for pianoforte in A Flat Major, (Br. 5, KK. 1184)
composed in 1821/4, published in 1908

dedicated to Mr. A. Zywny by his student Chopin, Warsaw, April 23, 1821

Polonaise

for pianoforte in G sharp minor, (Br. 6, KK. 1185-1187)
composed in 1822, published in 1850-64

dedicated to Mme Ludwika Dupont

no publisher's number on publication

"As far as one may deduce from the manuscript and its dedication, this composition was written by Fryderyk Chopin in his 14th year, and has not been printed anywhere" - Note beneath the first page of the musical text of the Polish first edition, published by J. Kaufmann, Warsaw 1864

Variations on a theme from Rossini's 'La Cenerentola'

for pianoforte & flute in E Major, (Br. 9)
composed in 1824

Variations

for pianoforte & pianoforte in F major, (Br. 12a)
composed in 1826

work is lost!

Waltz

for pianoforte in C Major, (Br. 12b)
composed in 1826

work is lost!

Polonaise ('La gazza ladra' / 'Adieu à Guillaume Kolberg')

for pianoforte in B Flat minor, (Br. 13, KK. 1188-1189)
composed in 1826/7, published in 1881

dedicated to Guillaume Kolberg

"I sent you today one Polonaise and one Mazurka. The polonaise could not be found after my brother's death in 1877 among the papers he left; I recall that he even had two copies, namely a working copy and a more meticulous written text; I copied it out from the latter some 18 years ago, and I present here a copy of it." - From a letter sent by Oskar Kolberg to the firm of Breitkopf & Hartel in Leipzig, Kraków 3 Dec 1878

"As for Chopin's polonaise I can say no more than this - that it was dedicated to my brother, Wilhelm, a school friend of Fryderyk. It was written just before Fryd left for Reinerz in 1826; the previous day, the two of them had been to a production of "La gazza ladra" at the theatre (or possibly they just heard an aria from it at a private soirée that I don't recall), and since my brother took a liking to this melody. Chopin stuffed it into the trio" - From a letter sent by Oskar Kolberg to Jan Kleczynski in Warsaw, Kraków 23 May 1881

Introduction and Variations on a German National Air ('Der Schweizerbub')

for pianoforte in E Major, (Br. 14, KK. 925-927)
composed in 1826/summer, published in 1851

dedicated to Mme Katarzyna Sowińska

The folk-song is probably Tyrolean

Mazurka No. 1 ('Prague')

for pianoforte in G Major, (Br. 16, KK. 896-900)
composed in 1826, published in 1826

dedicated to Vaclav Hanka

Mazurka No. 2

for pianoforte in B Flat Major, (Br. 16, KK. 891-895)
composed in 1826, published in 1826

Each of the above two Mazurka exists in 2 versions:
1st versions published by M. Leitgeber, Poznan, 5 Jan 1875.
2nd versions published in Warszawa 1826

Contredanse

for pianoforte in G Flat Major, (Br. 17)
composed in 1827, published in 1934

Ecossaise

for pianoforte in B Flat Major, (Br. 17a)
composed in 1827

work is lost! Mentioned in the list of Louise Chopin.

Klavierstuck (Andante dolente)

for pianoforte in B flat minor, (Br. 17b)
composed in 1827

work is lost! Mentioned in the list of Louise Chopin

Waltz

for pianoforte in A Flat Major, (Br. 21, KK. 1209-1211)
composed in 1830, published in 1902

dedicated to Emily Elsner

Mazurka

for pianoforte in D Major, (Br. 31, KK. 1193-1196)
composed in 1829, published in 1880

Polonaise

for pianoforte in G Flat Major, (Br. 36, KK. 1197-1200)
composed in 1829/7, published in 1850-60

"An utterly brilliant polonaise, presumably poached from the album of Mr Woyciechowski and published by Kaufmann of Warsaw" - From comments made by Oskar Kolberg on Maurycy Antoni Szulc's work on Chopin, attached to a letter from 13 Nov 1874

"I refer in particular to the polonaise, which I saw 10-20 years ago in the albums of several ladies in Warsaw and was told that it came from yourself; the Kaufmann edition is now out of print and difficult to get a hold of." - From a letter sent by Oskar Kolberg to Tytus Woyciechowski, Modlnica 15 Dec 1879

"The polonaise, dating from the master's youth, display all the hallmark of his genius. This work, made available to us by Mr A. Polinski, is not an autograph by a copy produced by the hand of a friend from Chopin's youth, the famous ethnographer Oskar Kolberg." - From a note in the periodical Die Musik, year 8 (1908)

Variations 'Souvenir de Paganini'

for pianoforte in A Major, (Br. 37, KK. 1203)
composed in 1829/summer, published in 1881

Theme of these variations is the Italian air 'Le Carnival de Venise' used by Paganini himself as the basis of variations in his op. 10.

Song 'Jakiez kwiaty, jakie wianki' (Welche Blumen, Welche Kranze)

for voice & pianoforte in C Major, (Br. 39)
composed in 1829/8/22

This is the setting of a poem by Ignac Maciejowski, who accompanied Chopin in August 1829 when returning from Vienna to Warsaw.

Waltz

for pianoforte in E Major, (Br. 44, KK. 1207-1208)
composed in 1829, published in 1867

Waltz

for pianoforte in E Flat Major, (Br. 46, KK. 1212)
composed in 1829-30, published in 1902

dedicated to Emily Elsner

Nocturne (Lento con gran espressione)

for pianoforte in C sharp minor, (Br. 49, KK. 1215-1222)
composed in 1830/spring, published in 1875

dedicated to Ludwika Chopin (dedication doubtful, see Monthly Musical Record, Nov-Dec 1956)
"A Lento sent to me from Vienna in 1830. A lento of the Nocturne variety" - From the list of "Unpublished composition" compiled by Chopin's sister, Ludwika.

"This adagio was placed in a small script on the quarter of a letter to his parents, which doubtless perished along others in that fateful soldiers' raid of 1864. Happily I already had a copy in a file at home, a new copy of which I enclose." - From a letter sent by Oskar Kolberg to Szulc in Poznan, Kraków 15 Dec 1874

Song -- 'Charms' ('This charms, so surely charms!') / Enchantement
['Czary' ('To sa czary, pewnoczary!') ]

for voice & pianoforte in D minor, (Br. 51, KK. 1204-1206)
composed in 1830, published in 1910

the 1910 edition was a facsimile reproduction of an album Chopin had sent to Maria Wodzinska. Brown (1960), p. 52, says "the first true publication was in vol. XVII of the Polish 'Complete works' of Chopin, Warsaw, 1954".

Waltz

for pianoforte in E minor, (Br. 56, KK. 1213-1214)
composed in 1830/5, published in 1850-68

Contrabass part to a three-part Canon by Mendelssohn

for pianoforte in B minor, (Br. 69)
composed in 1832/4/16

no copy of this publication is known

Grand Duo on themes from Meyerbeer's 'Robert le Diable'

for pianoforte & cello in E Major, (Br. 70, KK. 901-902)
composed in 1832/early, published in 1833

        dedicated to Adéle Forest

Mazurka

for pianoforte in D Major, (Br. 71, KK. 1124)
composed in 1832, published in 1880

this is a considerably revised version of Mazurka in D major, of 1829 (see Brown (1960) p. 30)

Mazurka

for pianoforte in B Flat Major, (Br. 73, KK. 1223)
composed in 1832/6/24, published in 1909

        dedicated to Alexandra Wolowska

Mazurka

for pianoforte in C Major, (Br. 82, KK. 1225-1226)
composed in 1833, published in 1870

Cantabile

for pianoforte in B Flat Major, (Br. 84, KK. 1230)
composed in 1834, published in 1931

 

Mazurka ('Szymanowska')

for pianoforte in A Flat Major, (Br. 85, KK. 1227-1228)
composed in 1834/7, published in 1930

Prelude

for pianoforte in A Flat Major, "Presto con leggierezza", (Br. 86, KK. 1231-1232)
composed in 1834/7/10, published in 1918

        dedicated to Pierre Wolff

Nocturne

for pianoforte in C minor, (Br. 108, KK. 1233-1235)
composed in 1837, published in 1938

"I haven't yet started play, and compose I cannot" - From a letter sent by Chopin to Wojciech Grzymala, Paris 18 Jun 1849

"From the winter 1848 Chopin was no longer capable of constant, systematic work. From time to time, he would finishes some sketches of works, but could bring nothing to completion. Anxious of his own reputation, he asked that they be burned in front of him. He left only the last nocturne and waltz in manuscript." - Franz Liszt on Chopin, Paris 1852

Largo in E flat major

for pianoforte in E Flat Major, (Br. 109, KK. 1229)
composed in 1837, published in 1938

Variation no. 6, for the 'Hexameron'

for pianoforte in E Major, (Br. 113, KK. 903-904)
composed in 1837, published in 1839

        dedicated to Christina de Belgioso-Trivulzio

"One evening Chopin was tired. 'Let's not talk anymore', he said, 'sit down. I'll rock you like your mother used to rock you.' And moving his hands over the keyboard, he played five or six times in succession a lullaby, a few bars song, so naively tender, rendered with such truth of expression, that my eyes welled with tears. A few days later, he gave me a hand-written copy." - The words of Teofil Kwiatkowski, cited in Hippolyte Barbedette, F. Chopin, Paris 1856

Andantino "Wiosna"

for pianoforte in G minor, (Br. 117)
composed in 1838/4 - 1848/9/1 (?)

This is an arrangement for pianoforte solo by Chopin from the Song op. 74, 2 'Wiosna' ('Spring').

Canon at the octave

for pianoforte in F minor, (Br. 129)
composed in 1839 (?)

Nouvelle Etude no. 1

for pianoforte in F minor, (Br. 130, KK. 905-917)
composed in 1839/autumn late, published in 1840

Nouvelle Etude no. 2

for pianoforte in A Flat Major, (Br. 130, KK. 905-917)
composed in 1839/autumn late, published in 1840

Nouvelle Etude no. 3

for pianoforte in D Flat Major, (Br. 130, KK. 905-917)
composed in 1839/autumn late, published in 1840

"I, the undersigned, declared that I sold to Mr. Maurice Schlesinger exclusive rights to all countries to my etude, intended for the Méthode des Méthodes by Messrs. Moscheles and Fétis, and that I received the sum of 200 franks." - To the publisher Maurice Schlesinger in Paris, Paris 19 Nov 1839

Song 'Dirge' ('Mist before my eyes') / Reverie
['Dumka'('Mgla mi do oczu zawiewa zlona') ]

for voice & pianoforte in A minor, (Br. 132, KK. 1236)
composed in 1840/3/25, published in 1910

Waltz ('Sostenuto')

for pianoforte in E Flat Major, (Br. 133, KK. 1237)
composed in 1840/7/20, published in 1955

dedicated to Emile Gaillard

Mazurka ('Notre Temps')

for pianoforte in A minor, (Br. 134, KK. 918)
composed in 1839-40/summer, published in 1842

Mazurka ('Emile Gaillard')

for pianoforte in A minor, (Br. 140, KK. 919-924)
composed in 1839, published in 1841

dedicated to Emile Gaillard

Two transcriptions de chants populaires

for pianoforte, (Br. 140a)
composed in 1840-47

1. Czule serca (Empfindsame Herzen)
2. Dawniey Polak … (Einst ein Pole …)

Fugue

for pianoforte in A minor, (Br. 144, KK. 1242)
composed in 1841-42, published in 1898

Waltz

for pianoforte in A minor, (Br. 150, KK. 1238-1239)
composed in 1843, published in 1955

Moderato ('Albumblatt')

for pianoforte in E Major, (Br. 151, KK. 1240)
composed in 1843, published in 1910

        dedicated to Madame la Comtesse de Chéréméteff

Bourree no. 1

for pianoforte in G Major, (Br. 160, KK. 1403-1404)
composed in 1846 (?), published in 1968

Bourree no. 2

for pianoforte in A Major, (Br. 160, KK. 1403-1404)
composed in 1846 (?), published in 1968

Waltz

for pianoforte in B Major, (Br. 166)
composed in 1848/10/12

this work belongs to a private collection of Katherine Erskine

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