Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35, popularly known as The Funeral March, was completed in 1839 at Nohant, near Châteauroux in France. However, the third movement, whence comes the sonata’s common nickname, had been composed as early as 1837.
The Sonata is considered to be one of the greatest masterworks of the nineteenth century.
The fourth movement Finale: Presto contains a whirlwind of unremitting parallel octaves, with unvarying tempo and dynamics, and not a single rest or chord until the final bars. It has been described as the “wind howling around the gravestones.”
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For the remaining Sonatas, please, see:
- Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 – 1. Allegro maestoso
- Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 – 2. Scherzo: Molto vivace
- Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 – 3. Largo
- Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 – 4. Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato
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