Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin

Summary

''''''Introduction and Polonaise brillante''''' in C major, Op. 3, is a composition for cello and piano by Frédéric Chopin. It was among one of Chopin's first published compositions.

The Polonaise was written between 20 and 28 October 1829 during a visit to the estate of Antoni Radziwi\u0142\u0142 in Antonin. In a letter to Chopin's friend Tytus Woyciechowski, Chopin indicated that he wanted Princess Wanda, the daughter of Prince Antoni, to practice it. The Introduction was written in April 1830.[http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/tw.asp?w=W11979 "Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major, Op 3"]. hyperion. Retrieved on 2009-05-30 The work was published in 1831 and dedicated to the Austrian cellist Joseph Merk. In a letter, Chopin wrote "On Thursday there was a soiree at Fuchs's, when Limmer introduced some of his own compositions for four violoncellos. Merk as usual made them more beautiful than they really were by his playing, which is so full of soul. He is the only violoncellist I really respect".[http://books.google.com.au/books?id=L7sxv2qllAwC&pg=PA5&lpg=PA5&dq=joseph+merk&source=bl&ots=u8AjSDkUlN&sig=LNZ848fKVjrcMxXQosfYMgFJFaQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=AmA6Uf62Oe-TiAe6loCIDA&ved=0CC0Q6AEwADgo#v=onepage&q=joseph%20merk&f=false Ashton Jonson, A Handbook to Chopin's Works, p. 5]

A typical performance lasts about eight and a half minutes, although the total performance time may vary.

Jean Françaix orchestrated the work in 1951 in collaboration with Maurice Gendron. The score is published by Schott Music.

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