• 16 Nohant Typical Berry Country Road - Nocturne in C Minor, 1847 [KK 1233-5] AG
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    Chopin Nocturnes Op. 48 Title page
    Fryderyk Chopin's initials embellish the gate at The Hermitage -- formerly the Museum of the Chopin Festival -- where, in the summer of 1826, the Chopin family came to the spa at Duszniki "to take the waters."
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    Chopin's Warsaw No. 2
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    Photo from "Chopin's Europe" courtesy Hanna Komarnicki
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    Tribute to Chopin
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    Nohant Manor -- Garden Entry from "Chopin's Europe" courtesy MUZA, SA and Hanna Komarnicki
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Ancient trees at Nohant Manor from "Chopin's Europe" courtesy Hanna Komarnicki

The first of this group of three mazurkas, in the key of  B Major, was conceived in Nohant in 1846, and begins with a defiant theme, a real mold of Mazur as played by country musicians in some village tavern. The character changes with the second theme and from then on the mazurka oscillates between these two contrasting moods. Those moods could also be regarded as musical illustrations of two contrasting characters: it seems to me very often that in his mazurkas, more than anywhere else, Chopin portrays the male and female character either in conversation or on a dance floor of a tavern. Here the second theme is a vivid description of a dancer’s stomping feet, with a characteristic accent on the last beat.

  • B Webber

    Beautifully played piece by our University of Northern Iowa professor.