The piece was probably begun in and was published the following year. More than most composers of his day, Chopin was a specialist. His instrument was the piano , and nearly all of his hundreds of compositions include it. Moreover, he focused on smaller-scale pieces, such as the Heroic Polonaise. Despite trends of the day and the persuasive words of friends, he never bothered with the larger forms, such as operas and symphonies.
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Genre: Polonaise. Polonaise in A flat major, Op. Schlesinger Polonaise in A flat major, Op. The Polonaise in A flat major, composed at Nohant, is meant solely to be listened to. It has the shape and character of a dance poem. It is closer to the ballades than to the dances, although it still clearly emanates the pulse and vigour, and especially the majesty, of a polonaise.
The opening bars, heralding the entrance of the polonaise, possess verve and a boldness of gesture, as well as dignity and forcefulness. In the theme of the polonaise the principal, opening theme — the one that stays in our minds , we hear strength, pertinacity and upwards aspiration. Chopin has it played forte and maestoso. Strength is imparted by the octaves of the bass, while pertinacity is generated by the insistent repetition of the opening phrase.
That striving upwards carries — for a moment — the haughty, swaggering theme up the keyboard and into the realm of full, absolute sonority. With the striking of seven chords fortissimo in the unexpected key of E major, Chopin pulls us into the wondrous, almost balladic world of the trio — the central part of the work.
Only after the climax and its full sound does a lyrical tone break through for a while. And then, as expected, the polonaise returns, in its proud, heroic plenitude, crowned by a clearly victorious coda.
Arthur Hedley called the Polonaise in A flat major, Op. Janusz Olejniczak. Manuscripts: Polonaise in A flat major, Op. First Editions: Polonaise in A flat major, Op.
Polonaise in A-flat major, Op.53 (Chopin, Frédéric)
The piece requires exceptional piano skills and great virtuosity to be interpreted at a high degree of proficiency. It is also very physically demanding, and according to his student Adolphe Gutmann , Chopin played it more gently than most performers. George Sand , Chopin's longtime lover and companion, responded vigorously to the Revolutions of as did many intellectuals of the day. When the Revolution began in France , women had fewer rights than men and Sand believed these were necessary for progress. Around this time, Sand started her own newspaper which was published in a workers' co-operative. This allowed her to publish more political essays, expressing her strongly felt convictions.