Mar 01

Chopin Waltz in Gb major Op 70 No 1

Frederic Chopin

Waltz in Gb Major, OP. 70, No 1 (3:31)

On this day, March 1, 1810, Frederic Chopin was born in Poland. He was a Polish-French composer and pianist of the classical Romantic period. He moved to Paris at age 21 where he lived until his death at age 39 in 1849.

Chopin was the master of the classical waltz, and the center section (Meno mosso at 0:53) is one of the most beautiful and sublime melodies that I know. Believe it or not, Chopin ultimately decided against publishing it, believing it unworthy of publication! However, lucky for us, it was published posthumously, after his death.

I have played this waltz for years but have never felt that I have gotten my performance quite right, but I’m getting closer. I tend to play all of his waltzes rubato, which is the temporary disregarding of strict tempo to allow an expressive quickening or slackening, usually without altering the overall pace. I just know that I try to play it emotionally, as if it was pouring out of my (and Chopin’s) soul.

Special Bonus Track: Waltz in G# Minor, Op. 64, No 2 (recorded February 29, 2024, 4:53)


Dr. Weiss

Dedicated to David G. and Charlie B.

Some information from Wikipedia

Related Posts:
Chopin Waltz in F Minor Op 70 No 2  (Haunting)
Chopin Waltz in Db Major Op 64 No 1 (“MInute Waltz)
Chopin Waltz in G# Minor Op 64, No 2