9.1.09

Just a minute to start the day

The "Waltz in D flat major", opus 64, No. 1, popularly known as the "Minute Waltz" is a waltz for solo piano by Frédéric Chopin.

The piece is given the tempo marking "Molto vivace". He wrote it in 1847 and published it in Leipzig the same year, as the first of the opus 64 Trois Valses, dedicating it to "To Mme. la Comtesse Delphine Potocka". Since the second waltz is in the key of C-sharp minor, the "Minute" waltz contrasts by being in the enharmonic parallel major key (D-flat major).

Despite its nickname, a typical performance of the work will last between one and a half and two and a half minutes; this is because Chopin's publisher, who coined the nickname, intended the "minute" to mean "small". The waltz, though considered by many to be brilliant, is not grand or long. It is more playful than many of the other waltzes. Camille Bourniquel, one of Chopin's biographers, reminds the reader that Chopin, with this waltz, was trying to depict Georges Sand and his dog chasing it's tail in their yard; indeed, Chopin originally named the piece "Petit chien" (Little Dog).

Dieu Le Roy
de Brantigny

3 comments:

hummingbird said...

Thanks for posting this. I have always loved that piece of music!

This is off topic, but do you recommend the Stat Counter? Have you had any problems with it?

de Brantigny........................ said...

I have not had any problems with
the stat counter, but only after you get it set up does it become easy. The installation is not overly user friendly.

Richard

de Brantigny........................ said...

Hummingbird your last comment was rejected by this fumble fingered blogger. I am sorry.

I have published a few things on Sweden,
here is one:
http://lefleurdelystoo.blogspot.com/2007/11/kristina-wasa-queen-of-sweden.html

Just a 1640's kinda girl...

de Brantigny