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Chopin, Frédéric Frédéric Chopin
Poland Poland
(1810 - 1849)
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Chopin, Frédéric: "Funeral March" from Piano Sonata No.2 for String Ensemble

"Funeral March" from Piano Sonata No.2 for String Ensemble
Op. 35 Mvt. 3
Frédéric Chopin

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Composer :Frédéric ChopinChopin, Frédéric (1810 - 1849)
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Frédéric ChopinMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Date :1839
Copyright :Public Domain
Frédéric Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2 in B♭ minor, Op. 35, popularly known as The Funeral March, was completed in 1839 at Nohant, near Châteauroux in France. However, the third movement, whence comes the sonata's common nickname, had been composed as early as 1837.

The sonata comprises four movements: (1) Grave – Doppio movimento (in B♭ minor and in modified sonata form with the first subject absent in the recapitulation, ending in B♭ major), (2) Scherzo (in E♭ minor and in ternary form, middle section and ending in G♭ major), (3) Marche funèbre: Lento (in B♭ minor and in ternary form) & (4) Finale: Presto (in B♭ minor)

This, the third movement, begins and ends with the celebrated funeral march in B♭ minor which gives the sonata its nickname, but has a calm interlude in D♭ major.

No one knows for sure exactly what inspired Chopin to write the march. But Kallberg says there's evidence that he associated it with the Polish uprising of the 1830s. Chopin, who was born in Poland, sympathized with his countrymen in their revolt against the Russians. Though Chopin was living in exile elsewhere in Europe, he feared for his family and friends in the face of the Russians' violent response. "His colleagues said that he often played in salons, and the only way to get him to stop playing was to get him to play the March," Kallberg says. "He was so caught up in the emotions of it." Chopin's march has been played at the funerals of heads of state, including those of John F. Kennedy and, ironically, Russian leaders Brezhnev and Stalin. But the very first time it was performed at a funeral may have been the most important: Chopin's own.

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Although composed for Solo Piano, I created this Interpretation for String Ensemble featuring a solo Viola (2 Violins, 2 Violas, 2 Cellos & Bass).
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Sheet central :Sonate No.2 pour Piano en Sib mineur (22 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2016-10-31

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By bogenlinks, at 19:47

Beautiful, moving music which lets the bass have some solemn fun.
magataganm Owner , 11 Sep 2018 at 20:21
Thank you!
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