Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise

Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise - Ab major for piano op. 53 | UT50401

The showpiece among Chopin's polonaises. Urtext based on a re-evaluation of the sources taking into account preserved personal copies used by Chopin's pupils with a detailed critical commentary.

Instrument:
for piano
Edition type:
urtext edition
Composer:
Chopin Frédéric
Series:
Wiener Urtext Edition
Grade:
7-8
Theme:
Wiener Urtext Edition
Key:
Ab major
Opus:
op. 53
  • UT50401
  • ISBN: 978-3-85055-755-9
  • ISMN: 979-0-50057-376-0
  • 23.2 × 30.5 cm
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Contents – Polonaise - Ab major for piano op. 53

  • Polonaise As-Dur op. 53

Description

Regarded as the highlight among Chopin's polonaises, the great Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53 has also become known as 'octave polonaise' because of the distinctive octave passages in the middle section. As was customary at that time, the work was published in a German, English and French first edition each. There also exists an autograph which served as an engraver's copy for the German first edition. Some personal copies of Chopin pupils occasionally contain entries of the composer, thus providing additional information, e.g. original fingerings. Unfortunately, all three first editions contain a different, not always reliable text. The new edition of Wiener Urtext Edition is based substantially on the autograph, yet also takes some variants of the French first edition into account which give the impression of a last-hand version. The problems with regard to the sources and transmission are explained in detail in the preface and the critical notes. Variants containing a specific com

Reviews

La célèbre Polonaise «Héroïque» en la bémol majeur op. 53 de Chopin paraît aux éditions Wiener Urtext. En 1842, il compose l'une de ses partitions les plus exaltées, mais aussi les plus originales sur le plan de l’écriture. (…) La partition, bien que très dense et comportant de nombreuses indications, reste claire dans la présente édition. A noter, l'ajout de précieux commentaires. 
Pianiste Nr. 88, Sept/Okt 2014 

Additional information

Instrument:
for piano
Edition type:
urtext edition
Composer:
Chopin Frédéric
Series:
Wiener Urtext Edition
Grade:
7-8
Theme:
Wiener Urtext Edition
Key:
Ab major
Opus:
op. 53

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