Has anyone else noticed that, with all the political crud going on, the pressing issues of the day are overshadowed? Such as this burning...?

...question: Why did Chopin think his Fantasie Impromptu in C# Minor plagiarized Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata which prompted (HA!) him to insist that it never be published?

1 Answer

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The Fantaisie-Impromptu was written in 1834, as were the Four Mazurkas (Op. 17) and the Grande valse brillante in E♭ major (Op. 18), but unlike these other works, Chopin never published the Fantaisie-Impromptu. Instead, Julian Fontana published it posthumously, along with other waltzes Opp. 69 and 70. It is unknown why Chopin did not release the Fantaisie-Impromptu. James Huneker called parts of it "mawkish" and "without nobility". Ernst Oster conducted a technical examination of the piece which hints at similarities between the Fantaisie-Impromptu and Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata (Quasi una fantasia), which he cites as the reason for Chopin's reluctance to publish the piece. It is also recognized that it resembles the Impromptu in Eb major, Op. 89 composed by Ignaz Moscheles and published in 1834, the same year Chopin composed his Fantasie-Impromptu.

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