Tune of the Day: Waltz in A minor
Frédéric Chopin composed this waltz (or valse) for solo piano sometime between 1843 and 1848, but the piece was not published until 1955, over 100 years later.
The mood of the piece is unclear, hinting at both sadness and joy. The first theme uses a simple but effective melody, conveying a sad portrait, with decorative ornaments used throughout. The second theme is more interesting and lively, although it still shows a certain sadness. It's only with a modulation into A major that a happy and joyful melody finally appears. The piece concludes with the main theme, followed by a short coda.
Thanks to Luca for suggesting this piece!