Chopin gave the “scherzo” a character all of its own, and his second Scherzo is probably the best known of the four works that he composed in that genre. In contrast to the first Scherzo, which survives only in its first editions, we are fortunate in that manuscript material is also extant for the second. These multitude sources are complemented by printed copies once belonging to Chopin’s pupils that contain his own annotations, and which have been newly evaluated for this revised Henle Urtext edition. Footnotes provide information on authorised variants, and in addition to the report printed in the edition itself, a detailed critical report is available on the Internet with in-depth information for those keen to know more about the history of the sources.
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The Scherzo in bb minor op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 49) is the second work in the group of four Scherzi that the composer published in the years 1835 – 43. They are often linked to the four Ballades which were published V Wodzipski family cooled towards him at the beginning of 1837 and the relationship fizzled out without any definite conclusion in spring … 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.|
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Een zo substantieel, zelfstandig werk als dit Scherzo rechtvaardigt een afzonderlijke uitgave. Praktisch daaraan is zeker ook dat deze licht is en prettig openslaat. Met een rustige, overzichtelijke bladspiegel en goed overdachte pagina-omslagpunkten is Henle`s Urtext zeer geslaagd.