This Polish composer and pianist of the Romantic school is regarded by some as the greatest composer of piano music.
The Fantaisie was composed during 1840-1, about the same time
as the Third Ballade. As a composition it shows some of Chopin's
In general character it belongs to the ballade class, but it differs in that it employs three themes and a time signature of 4/4 instead of 6/8.
The opening march-like theme, the dramatic and lyrical episodes, the B major oasis of the lento sostenuto, the final chromatic avalanche-these form a design of musical fantasy, but they are also reminiscent of the progress of a ballade.
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