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Ballade No.3 in A-flat, Op. 47 Chopin Help Opus Details
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In each of his four Ballades, Chopin uses two main melodic ideas. Turning away from the constraints of traditional classical forms such as the Sonata or Rondo, he freely calls on any of the compositional techniques to tell his tale. Although his contemporary Romantics would have liked to connect specific poems or stories to these large scale compositions, they are portrayals of emotion and lyricism in a purely musical sense. On a spiritual level, they have an affinity to the great German Romantic ballads of Schiller and Goethe, or the legend-inspired works of Polish poets Mickiewicz or Slovatski. The third Ballade in A-flat, Op. 47, was first published in 1840. According to Liszt, it was improvised on the spot for the German poet Heinrich Heine. Supposedly, Chopin wanted to give a musical comment on the Mickiewicz's poem "Willi" (telling the adventures of Ondine in the lost city under the sea). It has an wonderful lyricism and grace. Technically, it is the least difficult of the four.
Category: Short Piece Solo Featuring Piano Romantic Period
Time Signature 6 /8 Key Signature   Ab Major Play MP3 using player below.

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