Monday 7 November 2011
Tune of the Day: Waltz in C-sharp minor
by Frédéric Chopin, transcribed for solo flute
This waltz was published in 1847, together with the famous Minute Waltz. Strikingly Slavic in tone, this piece is marked “Tempo giusto” (“at the right tempo”), but one hardly ever hears this work played without a heavy dose of rubato. The “veiled melancholy”, as critic James Huneker called it, of the primary melody is unrivaled among Chopin's works.
The piece consists of three main themes: a tempo giusto with a walking pace feel, a faster theme stated in running eighth notes, and a slower theme in D-flat major.