Chopin composed his piano concertos around 1829/30, which means that to a certain extent they are the climax and conclusion of his student years in Warsaw. Both works are early masterpieces with which Chopin celebrated great triumphs on his first concert tours abroad, and to this day the popularity of these piano concertos has remained unbroken. The Concerto in f minor - the first to be written - was not published until 1836, when Chopin was already firmly established in Paris. Compared with the e-minor concerto the source material is profuse: along with first editions and student copies, the edition has also made use of what might be called a “half autograph”, in which the orchestral parts stem from an unknown scribal hand, while the piano solo part is written by the composer himself. The piano reduction also makes use of contemporary sources: this is an edition that offers Urtext quality at the highest level.
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Chopin’s Concerto in f minor op. 21, for piano and orchestra, was written in autumn of 1829 and, after final improvements made that winter, was given its première performance by the composer on 17 March 1830 in Warsaw, with resounding success. In summer of the latter year Chopin completed the Second Concerto in e minor, op. 11, which he performed at his farewell concert of … more
About the composer
Pianist and composer. His work is concentrated around piano music that enjoys extraordinary popularity and has become an integral part of the concert repertoire. His music influenced subsequent generations in France (Franck, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Debussy) as well as Smetana, Dvořák, Balakirev, Grieg, Albéniz.
|1810||Born in Żelazowa Wola near Warsaw on March 1. First compositions at age seven, his first public performance at eight.|
|1822||Private instruction in composition.|
|1825||Rondo in C minor, Op. 1, his first published work.|
|1826–29||Studies at the Institute of Music in Warsaw.|
|1829||“Fantaisie sur des airs nationaux polonaise” in A major, Op. 13; Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 8. Travels to Vienna, where he gives two concerts of his compositions and improvisations.|
|1829–33 and 1835–37||Etudes, Opp. 10 and 25 -- a new type of virtuosic etude that also makes aesthetic demands.|
|1830||Premieres in Warsaw of his two piano concerti, Op. 21 in F minor and Op. 11 in E minor.|
|1831||Unable to return to Warsaw due to the Polish uprising, he goes to Paris, where he will remain until the end of his life.|
|1832||Debut concert in Paris to great acclaim.|
|1835/38||“Trois valses brillantes,” Op. 34.|
|1836/39||“24 Preludes,” Op. 28, in a cyclic succession: compactly-designed short pieces.|
|1835/39||Piano Sonata in B-flat minor, Op. 35, with the funeral march.|
|1842/43||Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52; “Grande Polonaise brillante” in A-flat major, Op. 53; Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54.|
|1844||Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 58|
|1849||Completion of the mazurkas in G minor and F minor. Death in Paris on October 17.|
About the authors
Ewald Zimmerman’s Chopin research for Henle has been an ongoing process spanning three decades, and the standard set in the concertos certainly matches the quality of the famous editions already widely in print, notably of the etudes and smaller sets of pieces. ...