Chopin's Piano Sonata in B Flat Minor Opus 35 - Compositional background



years after its completion. Chopin was known to have played the opus 35 sonata once in his final fourteen concerts beginning in Paris in 1839, that being in the Gentlemen's Concert Hall, Manchester, on August 28 1848.[17] In the decades following its publication, however, most renowned pianists included opus 35 in their concert repertoire, including Liszt, Tausig, Busoni, Anton Rubinstein, and Pachmann.


The basic compositional background of Chopin's second piano sonata having been presented, the initial public reaction to this work will be examined in Chapter Three, with a view to providing a context for twentieth-century analyses which attempt to dispel negative comments about the work.



[17] Atwood, William G. Frederyk Chopin: Pianist from Warsaw (New York: Columbia University Press, 1987), p. 195.


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