CHOPIN, Frédéric, 1810-1849

Tarantela op.43 /Tarantella op.43
Wydanie faksymilowe rękopisu ze zbiorów Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina w Warszawie / Facsimile Edition of the Manuscript held in the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw

Chopin, Tarantella op.43

Works by Chopin—Facsimile Edition, [37] A/XI/43. Warsaw, 2019. Oblong, 28 x 22 cm, 2 vols, 4, 47 pp. Color facsimile of MC/187 in the Chopin Museum, the only known autograph of this work (a source in the hand of Julian Fontana also exists). Chopin started the piece probably in Paris and finished it just after arriving in Nohant in June of 1841. Chopin was clearly adapting the dance-vocal ‘tarantella’ to the domain of the piano, as is clear from a letter he wrote to Julian Fontana with the manuscript of the Tarantella (to be copied): “Take a look at the Recueil of Rossini songs. . . where the Tarantella (en la) appears. I don’t know if it was written in 6/8 or 2/8. Both versions are in use, but I’d prefer it to be like the Rossini”. Chopin wrote the whole piece in a single breath, and essentially in a single rhythm. The precious autograph, miraculously surviving the London Blitz (as is shown by the singeing marks on the upper corners) was purchased by the Chopin Institute in Dec. 2008. Commentary (Pol-Eng-Ger-Sp-Fr-Jp) by Marita Albán Juárez. Bound in blue linen, with matching slipcase. $69

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