Sostenuto in E flat


Introduction

Background

The sole source for this piece is a manuscript in Chopin’s hand from the album of his friend Émile Gaillard, dated 20 July, 1840. It was discovered as recently as 1941, by the Director of the Paris Conservatoire, Dr. Jacques Chailley. Because the work has no title, Dr. Chailley suggested “Albumleaf”, but today it is known either as Sostentuo in E flat or Waltz in E flat. Officially the A section should be repeated as a da capo after the B section; this is neither requested nor required by the ABRSM for the Grade V examination. Teaching Note ...

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