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Chopin's compositions for piano and orchestra

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Title page of Vol. XII of the 19th-century complete edition of Chopin's works: the volume contains Chopin's compositions for piano and orchestra

Frédéric Chopin's compositions for piano and orchestra originated from the late 1820s to the early 1830s, and comprise three concert pieces he composed 1827–1828, while a student at the Central School of Music [pl] in Warsaw,[1] two piano concertos, completed and premièred between finishing his studies (mid 1829) and leaving Poland (late 1830),[2][3] and later drafts, resulting in two more published works.[4][5] Among these, and the other works in the brilliant style which Chopin composed in this period, the concertos are the most accomplished ones.[6]


Together with a number of rondos (Opp1, 5, 16 and 73), the Polonaise brillante (Op. 3) and the Variations on "Der Schweizerbub", Chopin's compositions for piano and orchestra belong to a group of compositions in brilliant style, no longer confined by the tenets of the Classical period, which were written for the concert stage in the late 1820s to early 1830s. Other compositions of the same period, such as the Sonata (Op. 4) and the Trio (Op. 8), kept closer to a classical approach, or had a more limited scope, for example the Nocturnes (Op. 9), and were rather intended for private performance.[7]

The circumstances in which Chopin composed and premièred his works for piano and orchestra before leaving Poland in late 1830 are to a large extent documented in his letters to Tytus Woyciechowski.[8]

Student years and first visit to Vienna

In September 1828, while a student of Józef Elsner at Warsaw's Central School of Music, Chopin visited Berlin.[9] Chopin graduated in July 1829.[10] The next month, he visited Vienna, where he successfully presented the Variations on "Là ci darem la mano" and the Rondo à la Krakowiak in concert.[11]

Piano concertos

Chopin premièred his F minor and E minor piano concertos in Warsaw in 1830.[3]

Leaving Poland

Chopin left Poland on 2 November 1830, travelling to Vienna.[9]




Contemporary press reported on Chopin's concert performances, in Vienna and Warsaw, of his works for piano and orchestra.[15]



  • Niecks, Frederick (1888). Frederick Chopin: As a Man and Musician. III. Novello, Ewer & Co.
  • Rink, John (1997). Chopin: The Piano Concertos. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521446600.

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