Étude in C minor, Op. 10, No 12 known as Revolutionary is a solo piano work by Frédéric Chopin written circa 1831. Unlike etudes of prior periods, the romantic etude of composers such as Chopin and Liszt was a developed musical concert piece. The Revolutionary was inspired by the Russian takeover of Warsaw in 1831. The left hand technique involved in this piece involves evenly played rapid passages throughout. (Kamien 231) Frédéric-François Chopin ( March 1, 1810 – October 17, 1849) is widely seen as the greatest of Polish composers and among the very greatest of composers for the piano, the instrument for which he wrote almost exclusively. ... 1831 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Romantic music is defined as the period of European classical music that runs roughly from the early 1800s to the first decade of the 20th century, as well as music written according to the norms and styles of that period. ... Warsaw (Polish: Warszawa, see also other names, in full The Capital City of Warsaw, Polish: Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa) is the capital of Poland and its largest city. ...
The basic form is a strophic coda form (A A'). The opening dissonant chords and downward passages transition into the main appassionato melody. The octave melody's dotted rhythms and the continuous accompaniment creates tension. At the end of the A' section, the coda provides someone of a rest from that tension and then the work recalls the opening in a final descending sweep leading to the final closing chords. (Kamien 232) Strophic form, or chorus form, is a sectional and/or additive way of structuring a piece of music based on the repetition of one formal section or block played repeatedly. ... This article will be merged with Italian musical terms at some point in the near future. ...
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