Sheet Music: Valse in A minor

TitleValse in A minor
Opus numberB. 150, KK IVb/11, P. 2/11
ComposerFrédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature3/4
Tempo144 BPM
Performance time1:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-08-29
Last updated2011-08-29
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Monday 29 August 2011

Tune of the Day: Waltz in A minor

by Frédéric Chopin, arranged for solo flute

Frédéric Chopin composed this waltz (or valse) for solo piano sometime between 1843 and 1848, but the piece was not published until after the composer's death, and only correctly attributed to him in 1955, some 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!