Polonaise Opus 40, No. 1 in A Major, “Military Polonaise”


Uploaded on Jan 20, 2013

The twin Op. 40 Polonaises of the Polonaise in A major, Op. 40, No. 1 (nicknamed the Military Polonaise) and the Polonaise in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2 were composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1838.

Anton Rubinstein remarked that the Polonaise in A major is the symbol of Polish glory, whilst the Polonaise in C minor is the symbol of Polish tragedy.

The beginning opens with an A major chord and continues in a typical polonaise rhythm. The key then changes into D major in the middle of the polonaise for a trio section, after which the opening is repeated.

During the September 1939 German invasion of Poland at the outset of World War II, Polskie Radio broadcast this piece daily as nationalistic protest, and to rally the Polish people.

piano Classical major D no 1 no. A Military chopin op. opus op Polonaise militaire Dur Szopen Wojskowym polonese 40

Pages 4
Duration 05:05
Measures 80
Key signature 3 sharps
Parts 1
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