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Troisième valse brillante, Op 80
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'Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 3' (CDH55199)
Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 3
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Track 7 on CDH55199 [5'16] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Troisième valse brillante, Op 80
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Chaminade’s third Valse brillante, in A flat, shows her economical control of form. The music grows with perfect naturalness out of an opening two-note figure, with an upward spiral of Chopinesque chromatics. A clear-cut, aspiring idea provides effective contrast. After a climax comes an E major dolce central section; its elegiac, falling tune is soon enwrapped in passionate figuration. The second idea is used to construct a powerful return to the opening music, and at the waltz’s culmination the dolce tune returns transformed, tutta forza, to provide an ardently rhetorical apotheosis.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 1996

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