Sheet Music: Mazurka

TitleMazurka
Opus numberOp. 7, No. 1
ComposerFrédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyC major
RangeC4–E6
Time signature3/4
Tempo150 BPM
Performance time1:10
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-10-06
Last updated2009-10-06
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Dance tunes, Mazurkas, Romantic

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Tuesday 6 October 2009

Tune of the Day: Mazurka Op. 7, No. 1

by Frédéric Chopin, arranged for two flutes

The mazurka is a Polish folk dance in triple meter with, characteristically, the first beat of the measure subdivided into a dotted eighth note followed by a sixteenth note. It is usually played at a lively tempo, with a heavy accent on the third or second beat.

Chopin's genius enabled him to devise numerous variants of this basic pattern without ever obliterating it completely. He composed 58 Mazurkas, and many of his other works of different genres are either inspired by the Mazurka or have parts of Mazurkas within them. It was he alone who put the Mazurka on the public stage and refined it into the highest art of music.