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Form: Waltz
Instrument: Piano
Period: Romantic
Performer: Paul Pitman
Title: Waltz no. 3 from Waltzes, Op. 34
Chopin began writing waltzes in 1824, when he was a teenager in Poland, but at first he didn't consider them a serious art form. Indeed, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, there was some controversy about the waltz causing dizziness and shortness of breath among dancers, and some scandal that the waltz allowed men and women to share an intimate embrace in public. Chopin's Waltzes, which were mean more for seated audiences than dancers, achieved an artfulness that elevated the form. Like many dance forms, the Waltzes often consisted of distinctive sixteen-bar melodies that were repeated. Chopin sometimes embellished this form, and sometimes kept it simple. The dramatic shifts within one Waltz could be quite affecting. This particular set of waltzes was written from 1834 to 1838, and published as Grandes valses brillantes, but this title is usually reserved for the Waltz in Eb, Op. 18.

Chopin - Waltz In F Major, Op. 34, No. 3

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