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Impromptus Op. 29, 36, 51

Chopin National Edition

By Frederic Chopin

Chopin National Edition. Composed by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Edited by Jan Ekier. PWM. Classical. Softcover. 48 pages. Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne #51600009. Published by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (HL.132272).

Item Number: HL.132272

ISBN 9788392036500. 9.25x12 inches.

Includes Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 29; Impromptu in F-sharp Major, Op. 36; and Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 51. The central section of each is characterized by the cessation of movement and effusive lyricism. The opening and closing sections, though full of movement, weave long-breathed arabesques with tranquility. The sound world of the impromptus sound is “bright”, subject to euphony and beautiful rhythm.

The National Edition of the Works of Fryderyk Chopin

Published by PWM

Exclusively Distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation


Jan Ekier and Pawel Kaminski

The objective of the National Edition is to present Chopin's complete output in its authentic form, based on the entire body of available sources. Sources were analyzed with up-to-date scientific and musicological methodology.

The National Edition was based on sources originated from the composer, mainly autographs, copies of autographs and first editions with the composer's corrections, and pupils' copies with Chopin's annotations. In cases when original sources were lacking, the closest possible materials were used. Collecting the source materials was a laborious task which took years of effort.

The characteristics of sources, the links and discrepancies between them as well as the reasons for particular editorial decisions are discussed in the Source Commentary in each volume.

The Performance Commentary appended to each volume includes: the realization of ornaments, comments on pedal markings (the original markings sometimes are inadequate, due to the difference in sound between pianos used in Chopin`s times and modern pianos), suggestions as to the “harmonic legato” (a performance technique often used by Chopin and now forgotten).

About the National Edition

Full Introduction to the Polish National Edition of the Works of Fryderyk Chopin

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  • 5

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  • May 07, 2019 Excellent!

    This is a great source for anyone who seriously studies and performs the music of Fryderyk Chopin! I also would like to mention that the last Impromptu (otherwise known as Fantasie-Impromptu) is not included in this series, since it was published posthumously, therefore it is in the Series B...

    . Works published posthumously - 29 B V Various Compositions, by Jan Ekier.

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  • 5

    Excellent readable edition
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  • March 04, 2019 Excellent edition

    This very clear music notation edition is a great addition to the Chopin literature, as a former reader of the Paderewski edition, the los newer format and critical edition is rewarding and vey thorough. Fingering, notation, and editorial moments are welcome. But for some reason the posthumous impromptu is not...

    included with the opus assigned ones. Reading the music is enjoyable and far from cluttered or compressed.

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