Chopin composed several works for cello, influenced by his friend the famous cellist Auguste Franchomme; the Grand Duo Concertant, an opera paraphrase on Meyerbeer’s “Robert le Diable,” is among them. Franchomme personally participated in the elaboration of the cello part. The early Polonaise op. 3 with slow introduction was written by Chopin for the cello-playing Polish Prince Radziwill;. Chopin cleverly underlays the cantabile melodies of the cello with fireworks of pianistic brilliance. A dazzling, energy-laden early masterpiece !
- Polonaise brillante op. 3 and Duo concertant for Piano and Violoncello
The year 1829 witnessed an initial and eventful climax in the musical career of Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849). He finished his studies at Warsaw Conservatory and, in the summer, set out on a successful first journey to Vienna, where he gave concerts and established important contacts. In this period he composed not only solo piano pieces, but works for piano and orchestra … 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
Once again Henle are to be applauded for their initiative, this time in bringing before the public an edition of two early and neglected works for piano and cello by Chopin. … Henle, though, have now made their own admirable contribution in helping to redress a regrettable situation.
Es war also Zeit für textkritische Neuausgaben, und die hat der Henle-Verlag für die Sonate 1997 und für die Polonaise nebst dem Duo concertant 2006 besorgt.
Molto importante è l’Apparato critico, per le numerose varianti e versioni che hanno interessato in modo speciale la parte del “solista“.
Die von Ernst-Günter Heinemann vorgelegte Ausgabe stellt die historisch-kritischen Verhältnisse wieder her und bietet unter unzähligen Herausgeberzutaten der letzten Jahrhunderte beinahe verschwundenen Urtext.