Fantaisie in F minor (Chopin)

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Fantaisie in F minor
by Chopin
Catalogue Op. 49
Genre Romantic
Form Fantasy form
Composed 1841
Movements 1

Frédéric Chopin's Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49, is a single-movement work for the piano, composed in 1841, when he was 31 years old.[1] From Chopin's letters it is known that he used the name "fantasy" to show some sort of freedom from rules and give a Romantic expression.[1] Frédéric Chopin continued the tradition of a self-contained movement in his Fantaisie.[2] This Fantaisie is one of Chopin's longest and greatest works. Only his Polonaise-Fantaisie, sonatas, and piano concertos are longer.


This work belongs to the Fantasy form, a composition free in form and inspiration.[2] It begins with a solemn marching theme that eventually plunges into a passionate and virtuosic section, marked poco doppio movimento, still with elements of marching, but more triumphant and positive in mood. About halfway through the piece occurs a slow and sombre chorale-like section in B major, before the previous section is restated. After a short, quiet and sweet statement followed by a final flourish the work ends in a plagal cadence in the major key. This piece is 11-14 minutes long.


  1. ^ a b "Fryderyk Chopin - Information Centre - Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49 - Genres". 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "fantasia (music) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia". 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. composition free in form and inspiration, usually for an instrumental soloist 

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