Chopin's Piano Sonata in B Flat Minor Opus 35 - Late reception 1940-1996



craftsmanship, but lacking in originality."[107] The interpretation of originality, if not excessive is of course open to debate, but nevertheless suggests conservative limitations in the quest for originality.


Of the sources consulted, it cannot be ascertained whether the general state of the sonata at the time of the composition of opus 35 influenced Chopin in any way, although one could argue that Chopin's style anyway derives in the main from the works of his predecessors. The conclusion that Chopin felt that the sonata as a genre was becoming stale and was in need of something new and controversial to rekindle interest therein is speculative and has not been substantiated. Certainly his letter to Julian Fontana concerning the B flat Minor Sonata shows no evidence of this.[108] It could certainly be a matter of coincidence that opus 35 appeared when the sonata, as Schumann said, "had run its course."


That said, the analyses of Chopin's opus 35 will now be examined, beginning with the early ones of Hugo Leichtentritt in Chapter Seven.


[107] ibid., p. 42.

[108] Refer to page 5 for the applicable quote taken from this letter.


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