CHOPIN Grand valse brillante, op 34 and op 18

Chopin also gave the title Grand valse brillante to the next three waltzes in the Op. 34 set, published in 1838. The Grande valse brillante in E-flat major, Op. 18, was composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1833 and published in 1834. This was his first published waltz composition for solo piano, although prior to 1834 he had written at least sixteen waltzes that were either destroyed or eventually published posthumously. In 1909, Russian composer Igor Stravinsky made an orchestral arrangement of this waltz for Sergei Diaghilev's 1907 ballet Les Sylphides. Other composers who orchestrated this waltz for that ballet are Alexander Gretchaninov, Gordon Jacob, Roy Douglas, and Benjamin Britten.


VIDEO: Dinu Lipatti, piano. Frédéric Chopin: Grande Valse Brillante Op. 34 n. 2 in A minor n. 3 Geneva, studio recording of 1950


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