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Première ballade, Op 117 No 1
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also published as No 2 of Deux Ballades Op 117 (with the subtitle L'harmonieuse)

Recordings
'Herz: Piano Music' (CDA67606)
Herz: Piano Music
Details
Track 6 on CDA67606 [7'57]

Première ballade, Op 117 No 1
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The Première Ballade Op 117 No 1, in D flat major, owes rather more to a Chopin nocturne than a Chopin ballade. After four introductory measures, Herz introduces a cantabile theme of a type familiar from the preceding Nocturnes, but this time given in octaves. It is sentimental, effective and not too difficult (though the more animated central section in F minor might give some pause), a prime example of the kind of work that made Herz’s music sell in unrivalled quantities in the 1830s and ’40s.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2008

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