The Story Behind “Fantaisie-Impromptu” by Chopin

The Fantaisie-Impromptu was written in 1834, as were the Four Mazurkas and the Grande valse brillante, but unlike these other works, Chopin never published the Fantaisie-Impromptu. Instead, Julian Fontana published it posthumously, along with other waltzes Opp. 69 and 70. It is unknown why Chopin did not release the Fantaisie-Impromptu. James Huneker called parts of it “mawkish” and “without nobility”.


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