Polonaise No. 6 In A-Flat Major, Op. 53 “Heroic” - Lang Lang - Live In Vienna
Label: Sony Classical - 88697719012,Shining Star Records - 88697719012 • Format: 2x, CD Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Classical • Style: Classical, Romantic, Modern
This polonaise, nicknamed the "Heroic," is one of Chopin 's most popular works. It was written during a happy period in his life: his love affair with writer George Sand Aurore Dupin Dudevant was in full bloom, and the unpredictable tuberculosis which nearly killed him in early was temporarily behaving less lethally.
After a dramatic introduction, where the music immediately heightens the listener's expectations, the main theme of this polonaise is given, a defiant and heroic creation whose first several notes repeat emphatically before resolving in triumphant chords, Polonaise No.
6 In A-Flat Major are usually arpeggiated by pianists owing to their wide span. The melody varies the second time around, providing a resolution of descending chords whose downward trajectory gives no hint of defeat or acquiescence. Indeed, the music remains optimistic and imparts a feeling of triumph even in the brief and defiant second subject.
The middle section offers a buildup in which the right hand's racing rhythmic figure, related to the main theme's repeating notes, prods the militaristic right hand onto further glories. A subdued, lyrical section of mysterious character follows, after which the main theme returns. The piece ends with an ecstatic, colorful rendition of the theme.
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