Frederic Chopin Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor
Cheryl Shantz performs the last movement, “Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato,” of Frederic Chopin\’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58. Chopin wrote the Piano Sonata in 1844 and dedicated it to Countess Emilie de Perthuis, the wife of Count Perthuis who was the music director for King Louis-Philippe. The B Minor Piano Sonata was the last one Chopin composed. It has four movements. 1. Allegro maestoso 2. Scherzo: Molto vivace 3. Largo 4. Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato The “Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato,” which Cheryl performs, begins with a stirring rising harmonic progression building to a high dominant seventh chord. What follows is a rhythm of a galloping mood that permeates the whole of the tumultuous last movement. The main melody has a sombre feel. There is a more jubilant secondary melody in B major that comes twice in the ABABA form of this movement. The “Finale” ends on a triumphant Coda in B major. LIFE OF CHOPIN Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, or in French, Frédéric François Chopin, one of the true masters of Romantic music, was born in the Polish village of Zelazowa Wola on March 1, 1810. He was a composer and pianist of virtuoso ability. When Chopin was 20, on November 2 1830, he moved from Warsaw to Austria, wanting to travel on to Italy. However, with the forthcoming outbreak of the Polish November Uprising, and its suppression by the Russian Empire that followed, Chopin ended up becoming an expatriate of the Polish Great Emigration. While living in …
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Yakov Zak plays Chopin – Sonata no.3 in B minor, op.58
Having made his debut in 1935, he rose to prominence when he won First Prize and the Mazurka Prize at the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in 1937. From 1935 Zak taught at the Moscow Conservatory, becoming a professor in 1947 and being granted a chair in 1965. His pupils include Nikolai Petrov, Valery Afanassiev, Youri Egorov. Eliso Virsaladze and many other outstanding pianists.