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Sheet Music: Valse

TitleValse
Opus numberOp. 69, No. 2
ComposerFrédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyB minor
RangeE#4–F#6
Time signature3/4
Tempo152 BPM
Performance time3:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-10-17
Last updated2009-10-17
CategoriesRomantic, Waltzes

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Saturday 17 October 2009

Tune of the Day: Valse Op. 69, No. 2

by Frédéric Chopin, arranged for Flute and Piano

Frédéric Chopin's Deux Valses (“Two Waltzes”), Op.69, were not published during his lifetime, and in fact are products of his earlier days. A rather clear distinction can be made between those of the composer's waltzes that could potentially be used for actual dancing purposes and those which serve more purely musical functions. In this publication, only the latter category is represented.

The Valse in B minor, Op.69, No.2 was composed in 1829, when Chopin was nineteen, and is one of several works that the composer hoped would be burnt upon his death (his wishes, as composers' wishes about such matters so often are, were ignored). Instead, it has become quite popular, and is often performed. It is a melancholy work with three primary melodies and a somewhat more optimistic middle section.