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   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 


Mazurka op. 41, 1

for pianoforte in C sharp minor, Op. 41, 1 (Br. 126, KK. 626-645)
composed in 1839/7, published in 1840

“You know that I have four new mazurkas: one, in E minor, from Palma, three written here, in B major, Ab major, and C# minor; they seem nice to me, as the youngest children always do to parents growing old.” - From a letter by F. Chopin to Julian Fontana in Paris Nohant 8 Aug 1839

Mazurka op. 41, 2

for pianoforte in E minor, Op. 41, 2 (Br. 122, KK. 626-645)
composed in 1838/11/28, published in 1840

Mazurka op. 41, 3

for pianoforte in B Major, Op. 41, 3 (Br. 126, KK. 626-645)
composed in 1839/7, published in 1840

“ The Mazurka in B major – The composer declared – begins with a choir of guitars and its execution is particularly difficult owing to the dancing groups twisting in various directions and mutually intertwining […]. The Mazurka proper starts in the fifth bar. This is what Chopin taught us.” - Wilhelm von Lenz, Die grossen pianoforte, Virtuosen unserer Zeit, Berlin 1872

Mazurka op. 41, 4

for pianoforte in A Flat Major, Op. 41, 4 (Br. 126, KK. 626-645)
composed in 1839/7, published in 1840

        four mazurkas dedicated to Monsieur Etienne Witwicki

Waltz op. 42

for pianoforte in A flat Major, Op. 42 (Br. 131, KK. 646-652)
composed in 1840/spring, published in 1840

"Since on the 30th of this month Mr Pacini publishes one of my waltzes in his collection 'Hundred and one'. I am obliged to send you a copy. I hope that the edition will not encounter obstacles." - From a letter sent by Chopin to the company Breikopf and Hartel in Leipzig, Paris 18 Jun 1840

"Chopin used to say that this waltz, stemming for an eight-bar trill, should be rendered in the fashion of a chiming clock. Played by him, its incessant Stretta-Presstissimo, with a retention of the time in the bass, personified the peak of the Chopinesque rubato style. A floral garland of dancers!" - Wilhelm von Lenz, Uebersichtliche Beurtheilung der Pianoforte - Compositionen von Chopin, Neue Berliner Musikzeitung, 18 Sep 1872

Tarantella op. 43

for pianoforte in A Flat Major, Op. 43 (Br. 139, KK. 654-662)
composed in 1841/summer, published in 1841

        dedicated to Auguste Gathy

"I'm sending you the Tarantella. Kindly copy it but first go to Schlesinger or to Troupenas and look at the Receuil of Rossini's songs published better by him, where the Tarantella is in A flat, I don't know whether it is written in 6/8 or 12/8. They write it one way and the other, but I would prefer that it be like Rossini's. Also I ask you please instead of using repeat signs, please write out everything. And if you find the time incorrect in my manuscript, then don't give it, just copy it, and in addition copy it a third time for Wessel. I know this awful copying bores you, but I hope I won't write anything worse very soon. Also please look at the number of the last work, it is the number of the last mazurkas, or of the waltz, which Paccini published, and thus give the Tarantella the next number." - From a letter from Chopin to Fontana in Paris, Nohant 27 Jul 1841

Polonaise op. 44

for pianoforte in F sharp minor, Op. 44 (Br. 135, KK. 663-667)
composed in 1840/late - 1841/8, published in 1841

        dedicated to Madame la Princesse Charles de Beauvau

"I have at present the manuscript of at your disposal. It is a kind of fantaisie in the form of a polonaise and I'll call it a polonaise." - From Chopin's letter to the publisher Pietro Mechetti in Vienna, Paris 23 Aug 1841.

"I propose him a new manuscript (a kind of polonaise, but more of a fantaisie)." - From Chopin's letter to Fontana in Paris, Nohant 24 Aug 1841

Prelude op. 45

for pianoforte in C sharp minor, Op. 45 (Br. 141, KK. 668-672)
composed in 1841/8-9, published in 1841

        dedicated to la Princesse Tchernischeff

"Yesterday, Thursday, I stopped here. I did the prelude in C sharp minor for Schlesginer, short, the way he wanted it. I shall give him for his album today's prelude, which being well modulated I can boldly send." - From a letter sent by Chopin to Fontana in Paris, Nohant 30 Sep 1841.

"I am sending you the prelude in bigger script for Schlesinger and smaller for Mechetii. You shall similarly cut my manuscript of the polonaise and fold it (having numbered the pages) after the fashion of the prelude. Also do not forget to add the opus on the polonaise and the subsequent number on the prelude, which you will be sending to Vienna. I do not know how to spell Czernicheff: Tscher or Tcher, is it Elisabeth and it is Tschernischef or ff, what is their manner of spelling it." - From a letter sent by Chopin to Fontana in Paris, Nohant 6 Oct 1841.

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