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Mazurka elegiaca, Op 23 No 2
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for two pianos; written for, but not included in because of its scoring, the 1942 Boosey & Hawkes volume Homage to Paderewski

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Homage to Paderewski
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Track 21 on CDA67903 [8'21]

Mazurka elegiaca, Op 23 No 2
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Benjamin Britten misunderstood the commission and composed a work, entitled Mazurka elegiaca, scored for two pianos, instead of writing one for solo piano. Thus although it was intended for the volume it had to be published separately. Britten captures the melancholy characteristic of so many of Chopin’s mazurkas, thereby saluting Paderewski as the great Chopin interpreter.

from notes by Joseph A Herter © 2011

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