Sheet Music: Valse de l'adieu

TitleValse de l'adieu
Alternate titlesThe Farewell Waltz
Opus numberOp. 69, No. 1
ComposerFrédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA-flat major
Time signature3/4
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time3:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-09-22
Last updated2010-09-22
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Wednesday 22 September 2010

Tune of the Day: Valse de l'adieu

by Frédéric Chopin, arranged for solo Flute

This famous waltz was written in 1835 and dedicated to Maria Wodzińska, with whom Chopin had fallen in love; however, her father did not want her to marry a young, poor musician. That's why this is also known as “The Farewell Waltz”.

The beginning theme of the piece, marked con espressione (“with expression”), is melancholic and nostalgic, and reaches a small high point with a fast flourish. The second part is marked con anima (“with soul”) and is somewhat more cheerful that the previous theme, but soon gives way to the same first theme. After this second rendition of the first theme is a third, more playful theme, marked as dolce (“sweet”).