Recorded this morning....I recently learned that this mazurka, which is considered Chopin's last composition, has a whole middle section that I did not know about; it was not in the book that I used to make my first recording of this mazurka back in 2007.
Evidently, Chopin's original sketch was practically indecipherable but his friend, Franchomme, had deciphered it and then his other friend and copyist, Fontana, prepared it for publication. It is the version most often found in Chopin Mazurka books. However, there is more to the story - which is quite long. Basically, Franchomme and Fontana omitted an entire section.
Over the years, top Chopin scholars have viewed the original manuscript and tried their hand at figuring out the middle part (C section). Arthur Rubinstein recorded a version that was edited by Ekier, who corrected numerous mistakes found in the Franchomme/Fontana version and also included a 16-bar C section. Yet other editors claim the C section is really 32 bars in length. This version that I play here is the most recently published version (2012) and includes everything! There are some chord changes throughout the whole piece (different from my old/Fontana version) and probably a thousand accidentals that I hope got correct - this mazurka is deceivingly difficult because of those things.
Anyway, hope this one is okay. As an interesting note (to myself really), I play this mazurka today much faster than I had when I recorded it five years ago. Just the way I feel it now, I guess.... Chopin - Mazurka Op.68 No.4 in F minor