Chopin, F :: Variations on a theme by Rossini

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  • Composer
    Chopin, F
  • Instrumentation
    Flute & Piano
  • Publisher
    International Music Company (IMC) [1952]
  • Editor
    Rampal, Jean-Pierre
  • Orchestration
    fl, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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Variations on a theme by Rossini
Chopin, F

International Music Company presents Frederic Chopin's 'Variations on a Theme by Rossini' for flute and piano edited by Jean-Pierre Rampal.

This set of variations on a popular Rossini aria is charming, fluent, and not lacking in imagination. It is in a typical variation form for the period, with each of the four variations a decorated version of the original tune. The theme of these brilliant variations comes from the aria 'Non piu mesta accanto al fuoco', which is the finale of Rossini's opera 'La Cenerentola' (Cinderella). In this aria, Angelina (aka Cenerentola) bids farewell to all the days spent as a housekeeper in her stepfather's house. Rossini, much admired by Chopin, composed the entire opera in 24 days. The occasion for Chopin's writing this piece, at the age of 14, is not known, but it was most likely written for the composer's father (an amateur flute player) or one of the other flute players the elder Chopin knew and often played with. It is fortunate that the work survived. It appears that there was only one manuscript copy, and that it was kept by one of the composer's friends. The work did not appear in print until 1953.

  • Composer
    Chopin, F
  • Instrumentation
    Flute & Piano
  • Publisher
    International Music Company (IMC) [1952]
  • Editor
    Rampal, Jean-Pierre
  • Orchestration
    fl, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined

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