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Chopin, Mazurka in B-flat, op. 7 no. 1..pdf

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Department
Music
Course
MUSIC 1AA3
Professor
Matthew Woolhouse
Semester
Winter

Description
Frédéric Chopin (1810 in Poland - 1849 in Paris, tuberculosis) • Daddy's French, mother's Polish, he was in between the two • Polish nationalism was strong: polonaises and mazurkas • taught and sold music to make $$$ • Relationship with Amandine Dudevant (George Sand) • Almost all works are for piano • Chopin liked salons better than concert halls Mazurkas • 69 in total, 59 published • Politics ◦ it was a Polish dance written during Russian occupation (anti-russian message) • Romanticism ◦ chopin's music passionate and direct ◦ Character pieces (relatively short, one single mood) • Mazurka ◦ Polish folk dance in triple meter ◦ Emphasis on 2nd beat, where dancers click their heels Mazurka in B-flat • 1830-31 (at age 20) • lyrical melodies; use of rubato (slowing down at key moments in music) ◦ homophonic texture
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