Chopin’s music is known for it’s rare combination of emotional prowess, weaved with huge technical demands, which together, in the hand of the professional, sounds like the most delicate and amazing music ever written. One aspect of Chopin’s music is rarely discussed and is actually of a large importance to the playing style and composing style of Chopin.
I am of course talking about Chopin’s Zal, the mysterious melancholic/longing anxiety which he produced in his music, and mainly came out in the mazurkas. Chopin was a master of the finest art of the piano, yet most of his music has that melancholic ting, which became so famous. This special treatment to music came from Chopin’s longing for his home, after leaving Warsaw, Chopin went to Vienna to start his piano virtuoso career, and than there was an uprising in Poland, which Russia took care of real fast, on expense of the polish people. Chopin’s thought about going back to Poland, but was advised not to.
He never came back to Poland and made his living in France. This incident made chopin an exile, and discomforted him much, and you can hear his aching heart about his homeland in his music.As mentioned before, the Zal comes to notice best in Chopin’s mazurkas.
Chopin – Mazurka op. 63 no. 2 in F Minor, is one of Chopin’s last pieces (his last living opus was op.65), is one of the most sublime and minimal yet full of pathos, and embodies all of the above.
This mazurka’s main theme is one of the best examples for the Zal feeling. Of course there are more examples, but we will discuss them in other posts.