Composed in , the three Mazurkas, Op.
By this time, Chopin, now involved with George Sand Aurore Dudevant , had established his pattern of spending most of the year in seclusion in Paris and his summers in Nohant, where he wrote the Mazurkas, Op. It is typical to find the most substantial mazurka of a Chopin set in the last position, an the third of Op. Although one of the longest of Chopin's Mazurkas six pages long, depending on the edition , it does not contain a single tedious passage. With this piece, Chopin effectively re-designs the basic concept of the mazurka.
He combines folk rhythms with cultivated counterpoint, mixes modal harmonies and chromatic writing, uses ostinato to give a primitive sound to the work and push toward a climax, occasionally reduces the texture to a single line, and ends with a long and developmental coda. Chopin rarely places learned compositional procedures on the surface of his pieces, but in the C sharp minor mazurka we find blatant examples of contrapuntal artifice.
For instance, the opening is very much like a fugue, although Chopin dispenses with the alternation of tonic and dominant entries. This fugal texture increases when the main theme returns after its contrasting partner.
The trio, with its insistent rhythm and rustic sound, begins with what seems like a continuous, endless phrase. The coda, designed to close both the piece and the entire Op. The motive from which this sequence is derived--two eighth notes followed by two quarter notes--is part of the trio's primary theme. However, the music slithers chromatically all over the tonal map before ending up on the tonic. What Chopin accomplishes with this harmonic adventure is the creation of an "exotic" sound his contemporaries would have associated with foreign music and "authentic" mazurkas.
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