Just like waltzes, nocturnes, scherzos and other genres Chopin wrote in, an impromptu is a specific type of musical composition. Put simply, an impromptu has a freestyle improvised sound. Impromptus are usually written for a solo instrument, and the genre came about in the Romantic era in the early s. The right hand is playing sixteenth notes and the left hand is playing eighth notes, which means the notes are only being pressed at the same time every third note.
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It is a relatively short piece in ABA form. The A section has a sweeping melody of sixteenth notes running up and down the keyboard, accompanied by triplet arpeggios in the left hand. The coda begins passionately, but calms down little by little, reintroducing the theme from the middle section in the left hand.
The work ends peacefully. Many would agree that it is a significant work. Why did Chopin not want it to be published? Another view was held by Arthur Rubinstein, who in published a new edition of the piece, based on an autograph which he had sensationally found. The title Fantaisie-Impromptu was also invented by Fontana. Although the chords have not been altered, the distribution of notes in the left hand is different in the autograph throughout the fast section.
Note how Chopin has indicated the use of both hands for the octaves by the use of rests and stem directions. Fontana also has several other questionable dynamic indications. In measure 13 he writes a forte, not found in any of the other versions and not very effective since it interrupts the long gradual buildup of intensity achieved if one continues at a moderate dynamic level here. In measure 24 Fontana has moved the sharp sign on the left hand B to the third quarter note, thereby achieving a chromatic bass line A-A sharp-B-B sharp, again trying to add variation which Chopin surely not intended.
And the second left hand chord in measure 35 now arrives on the second quarter note instead of on the third, also increasing the sense of accelerated, overwhelming emotion.
In the slow section, Chopin made a number of substantial changes when writing down the final version. The rising eighth-notes of the main theme measure 43 are varied from measure 55, where the first one becomes dotted.
This seems to give the entire section a more improvisatory, rubato feel. On the third quarter note of measures 59 and 71, the autograph introduces a d flat minor chord in the accompaniment. Finally, Chopin altered the beginning of the coda, replacing the eighth notes of the left hand from measure with triplets. He also slightly simplified measures , making it easier to achieve the requested diminuendo and accelerando.
So, all in all there are three versions of this piece to take into account. First, the Fontana edition, in which form Fantaisie-Impromptu presented itself to the world. Members who like this piece have also downloaded:.
CHOPIN FANTAISIE IMPROMPTU OP.66 SHEET MUSIC PDF
OK, I agree No, give me more info. Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 3. Contents 1 Performances 1. By merwan03 Jul at This file is based on high-resolution images obtained from the chipin using a method explained on this page. Try again MrMeredith worked hard on this score. As for the left hand on measure 43, it needs some more work.
"Fantaisie - Impromptu, Op. 66" Sheet Music