Chopin's Piano Sonata in B Flat Minor - Schumann's critique (1841) of Chopin's Opus 35 (Appendix A)



like to revolt against it, so that we listen as if spellbound and without complaint to the very end, yet also without praise, for music it is not. Thus the sonata ends as it began, puzzling, like a sphinx with mocking smile.[247]


[247] Newman, William S. The Sonata Since Beethoven (New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 1972), pp. 489-490. Interpolations are Newman's.


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