Sonata No. 1, 2nd Movement
Uploaded on Feb 19, 2013
The Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Opus. 4 by Frédéric Chopin was written by the composer in 1828 (probably begun around July). It was written during Chopin's time as a student with Józef Elsner, to whom the sonata is dedicated. Despite having an opus number, the sonata was not published until 1851, two years after Chopin's death, by Tobias Haslinger in Vienna.
Chopin is not known as a major figure in the genre of the piano sonata, despite the popularity of his Second and Third Sonatas. He was not concerned with innovations in development or structure in the manner of Beethoven or Schubert. The freer forms appealed to him, thus giving his three piano sonatas less structural discipline, and at times even an air of improvisation.
That said, the weaknesses of this First Sonata owe less to structure and development than to thematic mediocrity and derivative elements, which are sourced in Hummel and Weber. Yet the music still sounds mostly like Chopin, but a wayward and youthful Chopin. The composer was still a student when he wrote this four-movement work.
The 2nd movement is a minuet in E♭ Major. This movement is lively and colourful and features an attractive trio.
Of all works of Chopin, his first piano sonata is among the least recorded.
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