Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 42 (Chopin)
Though none of Chopin's works were actually intended to be danced to, this waltz does appear to be appropriate for use in the ballroom. It is often considered to be one of the finest and most perfect of Chopin's many waltzes.
The piece begins with an eight-bar introductory trill on the dominant, calling for the dance to begin. The opening melody of the work is light and in duple time, it is accompanied with a 3/4 left hand accompaniment. This waltz contains many virtuosic passages and a mesmerizing coda, making it a favourite for every audience. It is often considered one of Chopin's most important waltzes but is also one of the most challenging to play.
- Valse in A-flat major, Op. 42 at Allmusic
- Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 42: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
- Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 42 on YouTube, performed by Yundi Li