Chopin’s Scherzo no. 3 was connected to his legendary winter in Mallorca in 1838/39, as were his Préludes op. 28. On 22 January 1839, the composer sent the autograph of the latter work to Camille Pleyel in Paris, and at the same time announced further works that would soon “flood” the recipient of his letter, including the Scherzo no. 3. Did perhaps its alternation of passages with furious octaves and a grave chorale reflect Chopin’s mood at the time? That’s a question players will have to decide for themselves. This revised stand-alone Urtext edition is based on the first editions and on a manuscript copy. Footnotes and a condensed Critical Report offer information on the many variants in the history of its musical text, while a comprehensive Critical Report can be downloaded online. This is an Urtext edition that leaves nothing to be desired.
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The Scherzo in ck minor op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 49) is the third of the four Scherzi that Chopin published between 1835 and 1843. They are often compared with the four Ballades that were published during roughly the same period (1836 – 43). The Scherzi and Ballades are exceptional examples of Chopin’s endeavour to create large-scale, single-movement … 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.|