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"Military" Polonaise Op. 40 No. 1 by Chopin (String Orchestra or String Quartet)

By Frederic Chopin

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String Quartet, String Orchestra - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Arranged by Alex Phillips-Yates. Romantic Period, Repertoire. Score, Set of Parts. 18 pages. Published by Alex Phillips-Yates (S0.382543).

Item Number: S0.382543

Chopin's most instantly recognisable Polonaise, the "Military Polonaise" is lively and full of energy, and works very well as a piece for string ensemble. This arrangement can be performed with or without the double bass, and can also be performed as a string quartet (in this instance, the lower octave of the 1st violin double-stopping can be omitted). The change from A major to G major utilises the natural resonance of the string ensemble and avoids double-sharps.

This arrangement was first performed by the String Orchestra of the Lancaster Community Music Centre, Lancashire, UK.

Other instrumentations of this piece or arrangements of other works may be available on request. The arranger can be contacted by emailing

Also available for String Orchestra: 
Andante cantabile from Sonata in C minor "Pathétique" by Beethoven:

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