Sheet Music: Valse brillante in A minor

TitleValse brillante in A minor
from Trois valses brillantes, Op. 34
Opus numberOp. 34, No. 2
ComposerFrédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
RangeC4–G#6
Time signature3/4
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time5:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-12-09
Last updated2011-12-09
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Friday 9 December 2011

Tune of the Day: Valse brillante in A minor

by Frédéric Chopin, transcribed for solo flute

This waltz is taken from a collection of Trois valses brillantes, first published in 1838. The title “Valse brillante”, however, hardly seems appropriate for such a melancholy, subdued work.

The composer Stephen Heller related that Chopin called this slow (Lento) waltz his favorite. When Heller told the Pole that he, too, loved it best, Chopin immediately invited him for lunch at a fashionable café. Frederick Niecks wrote of this piece, “The composer evidently found pleasure in giving way to this delicious languor, in indulging in these melancholy thoughts full of sweetest, tenderest loving and longing.”