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 Post subject: Complete list of Chopin's compositions
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The list below is an attempt to complete the list of Chopin's compositions, genre by genre.

For each genre, the opus number, key of the work and composition year together with possible necessary additional information are included.

The opus number 1 to 65 was published during the lifetime of Chopin. On his deathbed, he asked that all his unpublished manuscripts to be destroyed, but that wish was not honored, and in 1853 his mother and sisters asked Julian Fontana, Chopin's friend and amanuensis, to select from among them works that he considered worthy and edit them for publication. He selected twenty-three piano pieces, which he grouped into eight opus numbers (Op. 66 - Op. 73). These works were published in 1855.

The unnumbered posthumous works were discovered and published by different organisations and persons after the date of 1855.

My list gives a total number of 244 which is more than offical lists. The reason is that I include works produces from weak sketches that have been published in very recent time. As for example the Prelude Devils Trill in Eb-minor, the F-sharp minor Waltz no.20 and the Dabrowski Mazurka in Bb-major. Works that are unknown to most people including conservatory professors.

Feel free to contant me at robert(at)pianosociety.com for discussions regarding this information.


Ballades (4)

Chopin's Ballades represents the highest art of music and are undoubtedly among his most important works. I remember an old book I read where the writers friend during a meeting with fellow lovers of Chopin's music spontaneously called out "All Beethoven's Sonatas for a Chopin Ballade". That should say it all. Chopin's first Ballade took him a great effort to produce and occupied him, on and off, for two years. In Chopin's Ballades, control and deployment of passion in their combination of immediacy and inner logic show us not once but repeatedly how art derives order from chaos.

Ballade no.1 - Op.23: G-minor (1835)
Ballade no.2 - Op.38: F-major (1839)
Ballade no.3 - Op.47: Ab-major (1841)
Ballade no.4 - Op.52: F-minor (1842 - 1843)


Chamber works (3)

Chopin's chamber works are seldom performed but at least the trio in G-minor, labeled op.8, deserves more attention. It reveales his youths ambitions to compete with these days composers in every important genre. Soon he realised that his destiny was aimed for piano compositions and with the exceptions for the piano concertos, the chamber work listed here and the 4:th Sonata in op.65 (which I have put under Sonatas), Chopin composed solely for the piano.

Chamber no.1 - Op.3: C-major (1829 - 1830)
Chamber no.2 - Op.8: G-minor (1828 - 1829)
Chamber no.3 - Op.posth: E-major (1831)


Etudes (27)

Chopin is the true inventor and patron of the "étude de concert" and what separates Chopin’s Études from similarly composers is that it was Chopin who first gave it a complete artistic form in which musical substance and technical difficulty coincide.

The creative stimulus is the individually shaped hand, with its arrangement of muscles and tendons. In essence, it is the mechanical difficulty that directly produces the music, its charm and its pathos.

Etude no.1 - Op.10 no.1: C-major (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.2 - Op.10 no.2: A-minor (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.3 - Op.10 no.3: E-major (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.4 - Op.10 no.4: C#-minor (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.5 - Op.10 no.5: Gb-major (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.6 - Op.10 no.6: Eb-minor (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.7 - Op.10 no.7: C-major (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.8 - Op.10 no.8: F-major (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.9 - Op.10 no.9: F-minor (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.10 - Op.10 no.10: Ab-major (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.11 - Op.10 no.11: Eb-major (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.12 - Op.10 no.12: C-minor (1830 - 1832)
Etude no.13 - Op.25 no.1: F-minor (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.14 - Op.25 no.2: F-minor (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.15 - Op.25 no.3: F-major (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.16 - Op.25 no.4: A-minor (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.17 - Op.25 no.5: E-minor (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.18 - Op.25 no.6: G#-minor (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.19 - Op.25 no.7: E-major (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.20 - Op.25 no.8: Db-major (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.21 - Op.25 no.9: Gb-major (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.22 - Op.25 no.10: B-minor (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.23 - Op.25 no.11: A-minor (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.24 - Op.25 no.12: C-minor (1835 - 1837)
Etude no.25 - Op.posth. Nouelles Etüde No.1: F-minor (1839)
Etude no.26 - Op.posth. Nouelles Etüde No.2: Ab-major (1839)
Etude no.27 - Op.posth. Nouelles Etüde No.3: Db-major (1839)


Impromptus (4)

Chopin's Impromptus have something of a reputation as "salon music," largely because the form itself seems to imply something improvised, transient, or insignificant. But when you play them like the greatest music in the world it's hard not to believe that the music actually is the greatest in the world, or in any event so fine as to make no difference.

Impromptu no.1 - Op.29: Ab-major (1839)
Impromptu no.2 - Op.36: F#-major (1839)
Impromptu no.3 - Op.51: Gb-major (1842)
Impromptu no.4 - Op.66: C#-minor (1834)


Mazurkas (59)

Chopin composed 58 Mazurkas (there seem to be at least another 2 unfinished sketches) and many of his other works of different genres are either inspired by the Mazurka or have parts of Mazurkas within them. Chopin did, of course, not invent the Mazurka form. However, it was he alone who put the Mazurka on the public stage and refined it into the highest art of music. In his Mazurkas, you get to know the very soul of Poland and Chopin never forgot his home land or the poor farmers singing the Mazurkas during the time of harvest. Chopin started his composing with a Polonaise and ended with a Mazurka, thus closing the circle.

Mazurka no.1 - Op.6 no.1: F#-minor (1830 - 1832)
Mazurka no.2 - Op.6 no.2: C#-minor (1830 - 1832)
Mazurka no.3 - Op.6 no.3: E-major (1830 - 1832)
Mazurka no.4 - Op.6 no.4: Eb-minor (1830 - 1832)
Mazurka no.5 - Op.7 no.1: Bb-major (1830 - 1832)
Mazurka no.6 - Op.7 no.2: A-major (1830 - 1832)
Mazurka no.7 - Op.7 no.3: F-major (1830 - 1832)
Mazurka no.8 - Op.7 no.4: Ab-major (1830 - 1832, first version 1825)
Mazurka no.9 - Op.7 no.5: C-major (1830 - 1832)
Mazurka no.10 - Op.17 no.1: Bb-major (1833)
Mazurka no.11 - Op.17 no.2: E-minor (1833)
Mazurka no.12 - Op.17 no.3: Ab-major (1833)
Mazurka no.13 - Op.17 no.4: A-minor (1833)
Mazurka no.14 - Op.24 no.1: G-minor (1833)
Mazurka no.15 - Op.24 no.2: C-major (1833)
Mazurka no.16 - Op.24 no.3: Ab-major (1833)
Mazurka no.17 - Op.24 no.4: Bb-minor (1833)
Mazurka no.18 - Op.30 no.1: C-minor (1837)
Mazurka no.19 - Op.30 no.2: B-minor (1837)
Mazurka no.20 - Op.30 no.3: Db-major (1837)
Mazurka no.21 - Op.30 no.4: C#-minor (1837)
Mazurka no.22 - Op.33 no.1: G#-minor (1838)
Mazurka no.23 - Op.33 no.2: D-major (1838)
Mazurka no.24 - Op.33 no.3: C-major (1838)
Mazurka no.25 - Op.33 no.4: B-major (1838)
Mazurka no.26 - Op.41 no.1: E-minor (1838 - 1839)
Mazurka no.27 - Op.41 no.2: B-major (1838 - 1839)
Mazurka no.28 - Op.41 no.3: Ab-major (1838 - 1839)
Mazurka no.29 - Op.41 no.4: C#-minor (1838 - 1839)
Mazurka no.30 - Op.50 no.1: G-major (1842)
Mazurka no.31 - Op.50 no.2: Ab-major (1842)
Mazurka no.32 - Op.50 no.3: C#-minor (1842)
Mazurka no.33 - Op.56 no.1: B-major (1843 - 1844)
Mazurka no.34 - Op.56 no.2: C-major (1843 - 1844)
Mazurka no.35 - Op.56 no.3: C-minor (1843 - 1844)
Mazurka no.36 - Op.59 no.1: A-minor (1845)
Mazurka no.37 - Op.59 no.2: Ab-major (1845)
Mazurka no.38 - Op.59 no.3: F#-minor (1845)
Mazurka no.39 - Op.63 no.1: B-major (1846)
Mazurka no.40 - Op.63 no.2: F-minor (1846)
Mazurka no.41 - Op.63 no.3: C#-minor (1846)
Mazurka no.42 - Op.67 no.1: G-major (1835)
Mazurka no.43 - Op.67 no.2: G-minor (1848 - 1849)
Mazurka no.44 - Op.67 no.3: C-major (1835)
Mazurka no.45 - Op.67 no.4: A-minor (1846)
Mazurka no.46 - Op.68 no.1: C-major (1830)
Mazurka no.47 - Op.68 no.2: A-minor (1827)
Mazurka no.48 - Op.68 no.3: F-major (1830)
Mazurka no.49 - Op.68 no.4: F-minor (1849)
Mazurka no.50 - Op.posth: D-major (1820)
Mazurka no.51 - Op.posth: Bb-major (1825 - 1826)
Mazurka no.52 - Op.posth: G-major (1825 - 1826)
Mazurka no.53 - Op.posth: Bb-major (1832)
Mazurka no.54 - Op.posth: C-major (1833)
Mazurka no.55 - Op.posth: Ab-major (1834)
Mazurka no.56 - Op.posth: A-minor (1839, Notre Temps)
Mazurka no.57 - Op.posth: A-minor (1840)
Mazurka no.58- Op.posth: A-minor (1840, Mazurka A Emile Gaillard)
Mazurka no.59 - Op.posth: Bb-major (????, Mazurka Dabrowski)


Minor Works (21)

Among Chopin's miscellaneous works, mention should be made of the Variations brillantes on an air from an opera by Herold, Op.12, which shows how Chopin applied his art to the then popular custom of composing variations on opera themes. Arthur Loesser called it "a masterpiece in its way.

A Bolero in C major, Op. 19, dates from 1833. Chopin turns this Spanish form into a rather Polish-sounding affair. The Tarantelle in A-flat, Op. 43, has spirit, though it lacks the native frenzy of the dance.

In the Introduction and Rondo in E-flat, Op. 16, a Weber-like opening leads to a brilliant and engaging rondo, which is overly long. Perhaps more characteristic is the 1827 Rondo a la mazur, Op. 5, with its florid passages exuding a Slavic flavor.

Miscellaneous no.1 - Op.13 Fantasy on Polish Air: A-major (1828)
Miscellaneous no.2 - Op.19 Bolero: C-major, A-major (1833)
Miscellaneous no.3 - Op.43 Tarantelle: Ab-major (1841)
Miscellaneous no.4 - Op.46 Allegro de concert: A-major (1834 - 1841)
Miscellaneous no.5 - Op.49 Fantasie: F-minor, Ab-major (1841)
Miscellaneous no.6 - Op.57 Berceuse: Db-major (1844)
Miscellaneous no.7 - Op.60 Barcarolle: F#-major (1845 - 1846)
Miscellaneous no.8 - Op.71 Ecossaise no.1: D-major (1828)
Miscellaneous no.9 - Op.71 Ecossaise no.2: G-minor (1828)
Miscellaneous no.10 - Op.71 Ecossaise no.3: Db-major (1828)
Miscellaneous no.11 - Op.posth Funeral March: C-minor (1826)
Miscellaneous no.12 - Op.posth. Albumblatt: E-major (1843)
Miscellaneous no.13 - Op.posth. Contradance: Gb-major (1827)
Miscellaneous no.14 - Op.posth. Galup Marquis: Db-major (????)
Miscellaneous no.15 - Op.posth. Contrabass part to a 3-part Canon: E-major (1832)
Miscellaneous no.16 - Op.posth. Cantabile: Bb-major (1834)
Miscellaneous no.17 - Op.posth. Canon: F-minor (1839)
Miscellaneous no.18 - Op.posth. Fugue: A-minor (1841)
Miscellaneous no.19 - Op.posth. Bourree 1: A-major (1846)
Miscellaneous no.20 - Op.posth. Bourree 2: G-major (1846)
Miscellaneous no.21 - Op.posth. Largo: Eb-major (1847)


Nocturnes (21)

Chopin was introduced by Josef Elsner to several composers and among them, we find John Field, who's invention (the Nocturne) initially inspired Chopin to compose for this genre. Though Field was the inventor, it is still Chopin who took the name and the general concept of a dreamy melody over a broken chord accompaniment, relying on liberal use of the sustain pedal and the offset of a contrasting middle section before a reprise of the opening material and made it famous on the general scene. Lyrical, poetical and dreaming substance before virtuostic artistics and reality.

Nocturne no.1 - Op.9 no.1: Bb-minor (1830)
Nocturne no.2 - Op.9 no.2: Eb-major (1830)
Nocturne no.3 - Op.9 no.3: B-major (1830)
Nocturne no.4 - Op.15 no.1: F-major (1830 - 1832)
Nocturne no.5 - Op.15 no.2: F#-major (1830 - 1832)
Nocturne no.6 - Op.15 no.3: G-minor (1830 - 1832)
Nocturne no.7 - Op.27 no.1: C#-minor (1835)
Nocturne no.8 - Op.27 no.2: Db-major (1835)
Nocturne no.9 - Op.32 no.1: B-major (1837)
Nocturne no.10 - Op.32 no.2: Ab-major (1837)
Nocturne no.11 - Op.37 no.1: G-minor (1838 - 1839)
Nocturne no.12 - Op.37 no.2: G-major (1838 - 1839)
Nocturne no.13 - Op.48 no.1: C-minor (1841)
Nocturne no.14 - Op.48 no.2: F#-major (1841)
Nocturne no.15 - Op.55 no.1: F-minor (1842 - 1844)
Nocturne no.16 - Op.55 no.2: Eb-major (1842 - 1844)
Nocturne no.17 - Op.62 no.1: B-major (1846)
Nocturne no.18 - Op.62 no.2: E-major (1846)
Nocturne no.19 - Op.72: E-minor (1827)
Nocturne no.20 - Op.posth: C#-minor (1830)
Nocturne no.21 - Op.posth: C-minor (1837)


Piano Concertos (2)

Chopin wrote two piano concertos and they have cost Chopin a lot of abuse claiming of Chopin's lack of composing for orchestra. The criticism has achieved the status of cliché� for the hords of comentators, most of them never studied his works in detail. Both of them, written before his 21:st birthday, are magnificent work from his young genious. To borrow a favourite phrase of Mozart's, they must seem to the listener "to flow like oil". These are the fundamental of piano concertos, virtuoso show-pieces of unprecedented pianistic resource, replete with exquisite shafts of melody and harmonic colouring and overflowing with emotional nuances from the subtle and poigant to the thrilling and fiery .

Piano Concerto no.1 - Op.11: E-minor (1830)
Piano Concerto no.2 - Op.21: F-minor (1830)


Polonaises (17)

Poland's most famous and patriotic dance bears a French name, as well as the Polonaises most famous composer, Chopin. Chopin got it from his father, the dance, in its modern manifestation, from its godmothers; three French princesses of the 17:th century who married successive Polish kings. Chopin's first composition was a Polonaise, his last a Mazurka, closing the circle and few have achieved greater or more lasting popularity than the mature Polonaises as his op.53 in A-flat major.

Polonaise no.1 - Op.22: G-major, Eb-major (1830-1835)
Polonaise no.2 - Op.26 no.1: C#-minor (1835)
Polonaise no.3 - Op.26 no.2: Eb-minor (1835)
Polonaise no.4 - Op.40 no.1: A-major (1838-1839)
Polonaise no.5 - Op.40 no.2: C-major (1838-1839)
Polonaise no.6 - Op.44: F#-major (1841)
Polonaise no.7 - Op.53: Ab-major (1842-1843)
Polonaise no.8 - Op.61: Ab-major (1846)
Polonaise no.9 - Op.71 no.1: D-minor (1827-1828)
Polonaise no.10 - Op.71 no.2: Bb-major (1828)
Polonaise no.11 - Op.71 no.3: F-minor (1828)
Polonaise no.12 - Op.posth: Bb-major (1817)
Polonaise no.13 - Op.posth: G-minor (1817)
Polonaise no.14 - Op.posth: Ab-major (1821)
Polonaise no.15 - Op.posth: G#-minor (1824)
Polonaise no.16 - Op.posth: Bb-minor (1826)
Polonaise no.17 - Op.posth: Gb-minor (1829)


Preludes (27)

Chopin's famous 24 preludes op.28, in each key in the circle of the 5:th, inspired by Bach's Preludes were at the time of publication something that many musicians proved sceptical to. "Preludes to what?" And still, these wonderful short miracles leave much to wonder about. Are they constructed to demonstrate a certain musical style, as with the Etudes focusing on a technical difficulty, or is the intention to use the preludes as a kind of a glossary of introductions to other works? Or maybe they should be performed in order, preceding only each other. Chopin left this great mystery to be figured out by ourselves or is it really possible that there is no pattern but just a set of wonderful small pieces, representing a certain mood or style? Chopin also wrote another longer Prelude and after his death, another two sketches were found published posthumously.

Prelude no.1 - Op.28 no.1: C-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.2 - Op.28 no.2: A-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.3 - Op.28 no.3: G-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.4 - Op.28 no.4: E-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.5 - Op.28 no.5: D-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.6 - Op.28 no.6: B-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.7 - Op.28 no.7: A-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.8 - Op.28 no.8: F#-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.9 - Op.28 no.9: E-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.10 - Op.28 no.10: C#-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.11 - Op.28 no.11: B-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.12 - Op.28 no.12: G#-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.13 - Op.28 no.13: F#-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.14 - Op.28 no.14: Eb-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.15 - Op.28 no.15: Db-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.16 - Op.28 no.16: Bb-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.17 - Op.28 no.17: Ab-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.18 - Op.28 no.18: F-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.19 - Op.28 no.19: Eb-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.20 - Op.28 no.20: C-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.21 - Op.28 no.21: Bb-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.22 - Op.28 no.22: G-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.23 - Op.28 no.23: F-major (1838-1839)
Prelude no.24 - Op.28 no.24: D-minor (1838-1839)
Prelude no.25 - Op.45: C#-minor (1841)
Prelude no.26 - Op.posth: Ab-major (1834)
*Prelude no.27 - Op.posth: Eb-minor (1839, Devils Trill)

* Devil's trill is from the article by Jeffrey Kallberg in the magazine "Early Music", August 2001. The article is name "Chopin and the aesthetic of the sketch: A new prelude in Eb minor?".

Jeffrey Kallberg is professor of Music History at the University of Pennsylvania.

The prelude was published in this article but as you also can understand from the Heading of the article, it very much discuss the treatment of an embryo of a discareded prelude (which might have been sketched to replace the Eb-minor in op.28 and have more things in common with the existing prelude than just the key) and what you can produce from it. The complete score is published in the article together with a copy of the sketch.

The sketch was discovered and is still owned by Robert Owen Lehman in the deposit at The Pierpont Morgan Library in New York.


Rondos (4)

Chopin composed five Rondos and they are less famous and seldom part of a pianists repertoire. Still they mark a significant mile stone for the development to maturity and any serious pianist interested in Chopin should play at least the Rondo a la Mazur in op.5, which is a remarkable mature work for a composer of the age 16. Chopin's Rondos are not strict in the Rondo form but rather develops the themes over the piece and blurs the different sections rather than having distinct ends. This is very typical for Chopin where he does not resolve the tension but instead, turns away from it and leaves it unresolved but for the very end where all energy built up is reduced to neutral.

Rondo no.1 - Op.1: C-minor (1825)
Rondo no.2 - Op.5: F-major (1826)
Rondo no.3 - Op.16: C-minor, Eb-minor (1832-1833)
Rondo no.4 - Op.73: C-major (1828 - 2 pianos, 1840 - 1 piano)


Scherzos (4)

It was Beethoven who gave the Scherzo a place in the musical history books. Beethoven's Scherzos were conceived as parts of larger design, and they contain, on the whole, enough good-humoured energy to justify their label on etymologocal grounds (Scherzo is the Italian word for joke). Chopin's scherzos, on the other hand, are self-contained works, more notable for their altering intensity and lyricism than for any spirit of playfulness.

Scherzo no.1 - Op.20: B-minor (1835)
Scherzo no.2 - Op.31:Bb-minor (1837)
Scherzo no.3 - Op.39:C#-minor (1839)
Scherzo no.4 - Op.54: E-major (1842-1843)


Sonatas (4)

Chopin wrote four Sonatas. Three for piano solo and one for piano and cello. Chopin's sonatas, and especially his opus 35 has been the target of much abuse or which can be traced to Schumann's remark that Chopin had here yoked together four of his maddest children under the same roof. The traditional Sonata form of A-B-A is in fact a very Germanish tradition and plays a relatively minor role in the development of music in France, Italy, Spain, Russia and much of the eatern Europe.

Sonata no.1 - Op.4: C-minor (1827-1828)
Sonata no.2 - Op.35: Bb-minor (1837, 1839)
Sonata no.3 - Op.58: B-minor (1844)
Sonata no.4 - Op.65: G-minor (1845-1846)


Songs (20)

It seems that Chopin wrote his songs casually - on the margin, as it were, of his piano works. He wrote them whenever he came across a poem describing his own mood or feelings at any given moment.

Chopin composed all of his songs to poems by Polish writers and his contemporaries: Witwicki, Zaleski, Pol, Mickiewicz and Krasinski. He was able to meet almost all of them. The greatest number of songs (ten) were written to poems by an early-Romantic poet from Warsaw, Stefan Witwicki (1801-1847), from the collection Piosnki sielskie ('Idylls', 1830). Witwicki was a friend of the family. He had strong folkloric interests and backed Chopin's emphasis on the national. Chopin dedicated his Opus 41 Mazurkas to Witwicki. Also of the Warsaw period was the composer's close acquaintance with the soldier-poet Bohdan Zaleski (1802-1886), the author of three texts set to music by Chopin in the 'forties. Zaleski's folklore stylisations were based on Ukrainian songs and dances. Wincenty Pol (1807-1872), another freedom fighter of the November Uprising, published a collection of highly popular poems of the revolt, Songs of Janusz (1836). According to Fontana, Chopin composed music to ten or even twelve of these on their publication. Only one has survived: 'Leaves are falling' (Ópiew z mogiìy). Chopin composed two highly expressive love songs to poems by Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855), Poland's leading Romantic. One of these (Precz z moich oczu , 'Out of my sight') might have been the first text put to music by the composer. Chopin's last song (Z gór, gdzie dzwigali) was written to a poem by another great Polish Romantic, Zygmunt Krasinski (1812-1859); they loved the same woman, Delfina Potocka.

Treating his songs as semi-private compositions, Chopin did not include them in any of his concerts, the more so as they were composed to Polish texts. It is quite possible that they could be heard at times in Warsaw, Dresden, and Paris salons, performed by some of his intimates: his sister Ludwika, Maria Wodzinska, Delfina Potocka. Fontana's publication, though belatedly, introduced the songs to the public, and they became a fixture in the repertoire of Polish singers. Others treated them with some reserve. It was by no means easy to sing them in Polish, while other languages - for the songs were translated and published in twelve other languages - made them lose their inimitable character. More successful on the concert platform were Liszt's piano transcriptions of six of them

Song no.1 - Op.74 Song 1 Zyczenie by Witwicki: G-major (1829)
Song no.2 - Op.74 Song 2 Wiosna by Witwicki: G-minor (1838)
Song no.3 - Op.74 Song 3 Smutna rzeka by Witwicki: F#-minor (1831)
Song no.4 - Op.74 Song 4 Hulanka by Witwicki: C-major (1830)
Song no.5 - Op.74 Song 5 Gdzie lubi by Witwicki: A-major (1829)
Song no.6 - Op.74 Song 6 Precz z moich oc by Mickiewicz: Ab-major (1827)
Song no.7 - Op.74 Song 7 Posel by Witwicki: D-major (1831)
Song no.8 - Op.74 Song 8 Sliczby chlopiec by Zaleski: D-major (1841)
Song no.9 - Op.74 Song 9 Melodia by Krasinski: E-minor (1847)
Song no.10 - Op.74 Song 10 Wojak by Witwicki: Ab-major (1831)
Song no.11 - Op.74 Song 11 Dwojaki koniec by Zalesli: D-minor (1845)
Song no.12 - Op.74 Song 12 Moja pieszcotka by Mickiewicz: Gb-major (1837)
Song no.13 - Op.74 Song 13 Nie ma czego trzeba by Zaleski: A-minor (1845)
Song no.14 - Op.74 Song 14 Pierscien by Witwicki: Eb-major (1836)
Song no.15 - Op.74 Song 15 Narzeczony by Witwicki: A-minor (1831)
Song no.16 - Op.74 Song 16 Pionska Litewska by Witwicki: F-major (1831)
Song no.17 - Op.74 Song 17 Spiew Grobowy by Pol: Eb-minor (1836)
Song no.18 - Op.74 Song 18 Enchantment by ????: D-minor (????)
Song no.19 - Op.74 Song 19 Reverie by ????: A-minor (????)
Song no.20 - Op.posth. Dumka by Chopin: A-minor (1840)


Variations (7)

Chopin's variations are less famous and most of the listed works are published posthumous. Still, his first variation, op.2 (variations on "La ci darem la mano", from Mozart's Don Giovanni) was a major breakthrough when he visited Vienna and Robert Schumann wrote after his performance: "Hats off, gentlemen! A genius!"

Variation no.1 - Op.2: Bb-minor (1827)
Variation no.2 - Op.12: Bb-major (1833)
Variation no.3 - Op.posth: E-major (1824)
Variation no.4 - Op.posth: D-major (1826)
Variation no.5 - Op.posth: A-major (1829)
Variation no.6 - Op.posth: E-major (????)
Variation no.7 - Op.posth: E-major (1837)


Waltzes (20)

During the lifetime of Frederick Chopin (1810 – 1849), the Waltz became very popular, both as a dance and as saloon music. Chopin had poured scorn on the Waltz, writing home from Vienna. “They actually call Waltzes works”. And so eventually did he. His own Waltzes undoubtedly reached their finest flowering in Paris but he first discovered the form in Warsaw. He took special pains over the structure and continuity and the organic principle of developing variations lies in one way or the other behind most of them.

Waltz no.1 - Op.18: Eb-major (1831-1832)
Waltz no.2 - Op.34 no.1: Ab-major (1835)
Waltz no.3 - Op.34 no.2: A-minor (1834)
Waltz no.4 - Op.34 no.3: F-major (1838)
Waltz no.5 - Op.42: Ab-major (1840)
Waltz no.6 - Op.64 no.1: Db-major (1847)
Waltz no.7 - Op.64 no.2: C#-minor (1847)
Waltz no.8 - Op.64 no.3: Ab-major (1847)
Waltz no.9 - Op.69 no.1: Ab-major (1835)
Waltz no.10 - Op.69 no.2: B-minor (1829)
Waltz no.11 - Op.70 no.1: Gb-major (1832)
Waltz no.12 - Op.70 no.2: F-minor (1842)
Waltz no.13 - Op.70 no.3: Db-major (1829)
Waltz no.14 - Op.posth: E-minor (1829)
Waltz no.15 - Op.posth: E-major (1830)
Waltz no.16 - Op.posth: Ab-major (1830)
Waltz no.17 - Op.posth: Eb-major (1830)
Waltz no.18 - Op.posth: Eb-major (1840)
Waltz no.19 - Op.posth: A-minor (1847)
Waltz no.20 - Op.posth: F#-minor (1838?)

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Dear Robert,
I just read through some of the information you posted regarding Chopin. Wow, there sure is a lot!

I really wish there was more information on that Waltz No. 20 (Melancolique Waltz). Too bad Chopin didn't leave behind more notes about his works. Maybe he did but they were burned in the fire at his sisters house?

I recently heard from an expert at authenticating manuscripts that someone in Lithuania has a sketch of the Polonaise Op.44 but won't let anyone see it. Therefore, it can't be authenticated.

Hopefully, some of these mysterious works or sketches by Chopin (or whoever wrote them) will turn up and the world will have more answers. In the meantime, thank you for the work you do in educating us non-experts.


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pianolady wrote:
Dear Robert,
I just read through some of the information you posted regarding Chopin. Wow, there sure is a lot!

Kept me busy for a while ;).
pianolady wrote:
I really wish there was more information on that Waltz No. 20 (Melancolique Waltz). Too bad Chopin didn't leave behind more notes about his works. Maybe he did but they were burned in the fire at his sisters house?

So far, I have not been able to track down any more information. A bit strange as the score shows up here and there but edited from what? I want to know who stores the sketch.
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I recently heard from an expert at authenticating manuscripts that someone in Lithuania has a sketch of the Polonaise Op.44 but won't let anyone see it. Therefore, it can't be authenticated.

News to me!
pianolady wrote:
Hopefully, some of these mysterious works or sketches by Chopin (or whoever wrote them) will turn up and the world will have more answers. In the meantime, thank you for the work you do in educating us non-experts.

Thank you but...I am far from an expert ;).

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That's a great source, that list that you compiled... I'll be referring it every now and then while I complete my Chopin collection (music and sheet music).

I am really interested in his waltzes. I read somewhere that Chopin wrote over 220 waltzes... I had never hear of such a high number... maybe the guy meant 22 or something... anyways... I also once came across a website that had the first few bars of 6 lost waltzes lost in the fire. The site also claimed that there are at least 3 more waltz manuscripts somewhere in Europe in private collections...

Do you think any of that is true? That we may eventually get to listen to previously unheard waltzes or other FULL works (unlike that 'prelude' from a few yrs ago)? How do manuscripts end up in weird places, like American universities, anyways?

Do you have any further info on the waltzes in particular?

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claudiogut wrote:
That's a great source, that list that you compiled... I'll be referring it every now and then while I complete my Chopin collection (music and sheet music).

I am really interested in his waltzes. I read somewhere that Chopin wrote over 220 waltzes... I had never hear of such a high number... maybe the guy meant 22 or something... anyways... I also once came across a website that had the first few bars of 6 lost waltzes lost in the fire. The site also claimed that there are at least 3 more waltz manuscripts somewhere in Europe in private collections...

Do you think any of that is true? That we may eventually get to listen to previously unheard waltzes or other FULL works (unlike that 'prelude' from a few yrs ago)? How do manuscripts end up in weird places, like American universities, anyways?

Do you have any further info on the waltzes in particular?

Thank you!

I wrote about two waltzes which are in private collections but one of them seem lost. In the fire of Ludwika's hourse, many of his manuscripts were lost including a couple of waltzes but 220?! Never heard that high figure. Favourite waltz for me is 64/2.

Where is that website showing the bars of the lost waltzes?

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I found the link to the Lost Waltzes...


http://www.chopinmusic.net/library.php?w=Waltzes#lost


There used to be recordings of these bars in that same page, but I guess they took them down. Can anyone record these and post them on here?

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Well, reading this certainly made my day! I can't believe there are the first bars of those waltzes right on my screen! That said, I also think Ludwika was kind of stupid to only copy the first bars of them. Was she too lazy to copy the whole thing?

I think it was asked already, but does anyone have anymore info on the manuscripts that are privately owned? I wish those people would just sell them to the public. I'd be willing to pay lots of money if those were authentic waltzes!


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I'd be willing to pay lots of money if those were authentic waltzes!


I would be willing, too. More than willing. Only one problem would be that I probably don't have the kind of money they would command.


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I assume you have read my short little research regarding Chopin's waltzes already and the chapter "Sketches in private collections "?

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You're absolutely right, Pianolady. If only I was a trillionaire...

Anyway, Robert yes I did read that and I found it very interesting! But do you know why Ludwika only copied the first bars?

I also can't understand why Chopin's descendants would not want the Bb Major Waltz published. Did they not like it or something?


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I am curious about "Mazurka no.50 - Op.posth: D-major (1820)."
I have heard two diffrent but very similar versions of this piece, and I have read other lists of Chopin's works citing them as seperate (but one being a revised version of the first). Does Robert group these two together as one piece, or does his list maybe need to expand by one, or am I simply misinformed?
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Fwibbles, you're not hearing things - I have heard two versions of the mazurka too. Does anyone have any information on the Canon in F Minor? I've seen the name on many sites, sometimes called Canon at the Octave. Has this work been published? Or is it in a private collection? I can't find the sheet music to it anywhere. I have the same questions regarding the Contrabass part to a 3-part Canon E Major. Is it the same thing as the Duo Concertant for Piano & Cello in E Major?

P.S. Robert, the Galop Marquis is in Ab Major :D .


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I have seen the contrebass and canon and duo listed at www.classical.net/ as

"Contrabass part to a three-part Canon by Mendelssohn
For pianoforte in B minor, (BI 69) composed 1832/4/16."
"Canon at the octave
For pianoforte in F minor, (BI 129) composed 1839 (?)."
"Grand Duo on themes from Meyerbeer's 'Robert le Diable'
For pianoforte & cello in E Major, (BI 70) composed 1832/early."

So, no I don't think the contrebass is the same as the duo. Somewhere I read that the contrebass was a colaborative work with Mendelssohn sort of like the bass part to a duet.
I haven't found either the sheet music for the canon or contrebass or a recording of either, but they are listed as works without opus number, not as 'lost' works so I would assume they have been published at some time.
I would like to know where to find copys of the sheet music to Chopin's posthumous Mazurkas without opus number (i.e. No.50-59 in Roberts list). I suspect that they may have been published too recently to fall under public domain, but I have not been able to find them for sale anywhere either.
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My Schirmer book has Mazurkas up to no. 50 (which is in A-minor) but I have a very old book of Mazurkas that was published in 1882 by Steingraber. It has Mazurkas up to No. 56. The D-Major mazurka is listed as No. 54 and the revision as 55. This second one does look much different and is also longer than the first one by two lines. I would make a copy for you right now, but the book is too large to fit on my scanner. If you are still very insterested, let me know and I could go to a copy store where they can shrink it down.

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