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Mazurka Op. 59, No.2 in A-flat Chopin Help Opus Details
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Like composers before and after him, Chopin used dance forms as a vehicle for his musical expression. The Mazurka is a good example. It is a Polish folk dance in triple metre with the main accent on the second or third beat. Chopin wrote over fifty Mazurkas, retaining the native charm and unique spirit, but elevating this little dance to an art form reflecting all of his emotions. Each one is unique. The early ones, like some of Chopin's early waltzes, are more in the spirit of actual dances. Later, they become increasingly stylized. Chopin rarely uses Polish folk melody, instead creating his own unique melody inspired by his native land. Rather than using major or minor, the melodies are often modal. There is a rich variety of rhythm patterns, and the Mazurkas consistently show daring harmonic ingenuity. The Mazurka in A-flat, Op. 59, No. 2, has one of the most charming melodies of the entire collection. Listen for the remarkable passage of chromatic harmony that leads into the Coda
Category: Short Piece Solo Featuring Piano Romantic Period
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