Berceuse Op.57                                            Frederic Chopin(1810~1849)Chopin, a Polish composer, is one of t...
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Berceuse op. 57

  1. 1. Berceuse Op.57 Frederic Chopin(1810~1849)Chopin, a Polish composer, is one of the great masters of Romantic music. Even thoughhe only lived for a short time, he composed many great works for solo piano. Among hissolo pieces, the longer works are ballades and scherzos. Other works like impromptus,mazurkas, nocturnes, waltzes, étude, prélude and the polonaises are of different lengths.Chopin only wrote two solos with descriptive titles, the Op. 57, Berceuse in D flat, andthe Barcarolle in F#, Op. 60.The Berceuse in D-flat was written between 1843~1844, dedicated to his friend’s one-and-a half-year old daughter, the singer Pauline Viardot. It is in 6/8, in the style of alullaby or a cradle song. Originally Chopin called it the Variations because it has 16variations. The melody in the right-hand part is accompanied by an ostinato, fixed bassaccompaniment in the left throughout the whole piece. The variations which followed themain melody continuously are like multiple patterns that form inside a kaleidoscope. Thesoft, smooth and sustained quality makes it a sweet and imaginational dream like piece.Word count: 182

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