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Intro: CHOPIN Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Seeded by iecontent1 on 8 Apr 2020
Author: Curtis Institute of Music
Frédéric Chopin wrote his second piano sonata in his late twenties. Born in Poland, Chopin was a child prodigy, wrote primarily for solo piano, and built a solid reputation during his short life as a leading composer of the Romantic era. This sonata became a quick favorite among the public. Particularly, the “Marche funèbre” (“Funeral March”) instantly captivated audiences. Franz Liszt, a friend of Chopin, called it a movement “of such penetrating sweetness that we can scarcely deem it of this earth.” It was performed at Chopin’s funeral, and has also been a part of the funerals of Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, and Margaret Thatcher. The sonata immediately grabs attention in the its first movement (Grave) with slow, dramatic octaves, foreshadowing the weight of emotion to come. The movement quickly shifts into double time, introducing the first theme with a constant stream of notes. A serene second theme provides relief, and Chopin continues to develop this movement until it co