Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 42 (Chopin)

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Chopin, 1835

Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 42, is a lively waltz composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1840.[1]


Though none of Chopin's works were actually intended to be danced to,[2] 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.[1]


First theme (Schirmer 1894, ed. Karol Mikuli)

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 and is also one of the most challenging to play.[1][3][4]


U.S. President Harry S. Truman, an amateur pianist, told friends that Chopin's Waltz in A-flat major was one of his favorite compositions.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Johnston, Blair. Valse in A-flat major Op. 42 at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  2. ^ Music of the Romantic Era
  3. ^ Waltzes at the Vancouver Chopin Society
  4. ^ Waltzes at Chopin Music
  5. ^ "Harry Truman the piano player". Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved 2013-04-17.

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