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Polonaise in G flat major, KkIVa/8
composer
1829; published in 1870

Recordings
'Chopin: Demidenko plays Chopin' (CDA66597)
Chopin: Demidenko plays Chopin
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'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
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Track 6 on CDS44351/66 CD6 [7'10] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 9 on CDA66597 [6'56] Archive Service

Polonaise in G flat major, KkIVa/8
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Polonaise No 16 in G flat major dates from the first half of 1829, sometime before Chopin left Warsaw for Vienna. First engraved in 1870, it was a work known to Chopin’s sister Louise (who listed it in her manuscript catalogue of his compositions). Niecks, however, felt compelled to question its authenticity: ‘Nothing but the composer’s autograph [lost] would convince one of the genuineness of the piece.’ By comparison with Chopin’s earlier attempts at the form, its ideas seem relatively leisurely and less short-winded.

from notes by Ates Orga © 1992

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