Sheet Music: Grande valse brillante in E-flat major

TitleGrande valse brillante in E-flat major
Alternate titlesThe Brilliant Grand Waltz
Opus numberOp. 18
ComposerFrédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyE-flat major
Time signature3/4
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time4:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-02-09
Last updated2011-02-09
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Wednesday 9 February 2011

Tune of the Day: Grande Valse Brillante

by Frédéric Chopin, arranged for solo flute

Frédéric Chopin composed his “Grande valse brillante” in E-flat major (“The Brilliant Grand Waltz”), Op. 18, in 1833, at the age of 23. Published one year later, this was his first published waltz composition for solo piano, even if he had already written at least sixteen other waltzes that were either destroyed or eventually published posthumously.

This fast waltz presents its young composer in a particularly extroverted mood. Surely the main theme of the work, introduced after a lively four-bar fanfare, is one of Chopin's most famous.

Thanks to Jonathan for suggesting this piece!