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Impromptu No 2 in F sharp major, Op 36

composer
1839

 
The Impromptu in F sharp major, Op 36, embraces the extemporaneity that is characteristic of the genre, but in ways that distinguish it from the other three impromptus: the initial repeating bass figuration opens the way to a kind of variation technique in the melody that anticipates the Berceuse, Op 57, and moments of complex transitional harmony (as in the move out of the march-like central section and into the wrong-key reprise of the opening theme) give the impression of a pianist extemporizing chromatic chord progressions.

from notes by Jeffrey Kallberg © 2019

L’Impromptu en fa dièse majeur, op.36, épouse le côté improvisé caractéristique du genre, mais d’une manière qui le distingue des trois autres impromptus: la figuration initiale qui se répète à la basse ouvre la voie à une sorte de technique de variation de la mélodie qui préfigure la Berceuse, op.57, et des moments d’harmonie transitoire complexe (comme la fin de la section centrale comparable à une marche et le début de la reprise du thème initial dans la mauvaise tonalité) donnent l’impression d’un pianiste improvisant des progressions d’accords chromatiques.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeffrey Kallberg © 2019
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Das Impromptu Fis-Dur, op. 36, macht sich das für das Genre charakteristische Stehgreif-Element zu eigen, jedoch in einer Weise, die sich von den anderen drei Impromptus unterscheidet. Die sich wiederholende Bass-Figuration des Beginns macht den Weg frei für eine Art von Variationstechnik in der Melodie, die die Berceuse, op. 57, vorwegnimmt, sowie für Momente von komplexen Übergangsharmonien (wie etwa die Überleitung von dem marschartigen Mittelteil in die Reprise des Anfangsthemas in der „falschen“ Tonart), womit der Eindruck entsteht, der Pianist improvisiere chromatische Akkordfortschreitungen.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeffrey Kallberg © 2019
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Chopin: Impromptus, waltzes & mazurkas
CDA68273 27 September 2019 Release
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
Studio Master: CDA67371/22CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Chopin: Preludes & Impromptus
CDH55383
Chopin: The Complete Works
CDS44351/6616CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
This album is not yet available for downloadSACDA67371/22CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Details

Track 12 on CDA68273 [6'05] 27 September 2019 Release
Track 9 on CDA67371/2 CD2 [6'20] 2CDs
Track 29 on CDH55383 [6'21]
Track 9 on CDS44351/66 CD7 [6'21] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 9 on SACDA67371/2 CD2 [6'20] 2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted

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