on Feb 17th, 2009Frédéric Chopin Scherzo Op. 39 No. 3 C sharp minor
The Scherzo No. 3 by Frédéric Chopin begins in the key of C-sharp minor, then moves to D-flat major, and returns to C-sharp minor, concluding in C-sharp major. It was completed in 1839.
This piece begins with an introduction similar to Chopin’s second scherzo. It then progresses into the fierce main theme. This is particularly difficult, due to the unusual technique needed to accurately and quickly execute the running octave patterns. The scherzo then moves into a transition section that leads back to the main theme. The following,Singing style (Cantabile), section is in D-flat major. The main theme and its sequences begin with strong chords that hold the melody followed by a downward flutter of notes. There follows a brief section consisting of a series of arpeggios. The elements of this lyrical section repeat themselves a few times and the piece then moves back into the main theme.