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Etude in E major op. 10 no. 3 'Tristesse'
Frédéric Chopin Lyrics


We have lyrics for these tracks by Frédéric Chopin:

Hulanka Szynkareczko szafareczko Co ty robisz stój Tam się śmiejesz …
Moja Pieszczotka Moja pieszczotka gdy w wesołej chwili Pocznie szczebiotać i …
Narzeczony Wiatr zaszumiał między krzewy Nie w czas nie w czas koniu Ni…
Nie Ma Czego Trzeba Mgła mi do oczu zawiewa z łona W prawo i w…
Precz Z Moich Oczu Precz z moich oczu Posłucham od razu Precz z mego serca I se…
Sliczny Chlopiec Wzniosły smukły i młody O nielada urody Śliczny chłopiec cze…
Smutna Rzeka Rzeko z cudzoziemców strony Czemu nurt twój tak zmącony Czy …
Zyczenie Gdybym ja była słoneczkiem na niebie Nie świeciłabym jak tyl…

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

willyzh1106

I personally think this is the closest thing to Chopin's take on love. The piece starts with exquisite beauty and romance, not yet passionate but more of a quiet marvel, as if approaching her from afar. At 1:04, it finally happens, we finally meet the heroine and the heart swells and accelerates with joy. This is then followed by a melody of the utmost tenderness at 1:19. Love has become something cherished and precious.


Then the passion follows at 1:37. It starts with utter joy but something starts to go wrong at 1:46. A brief reprieve at 1:55, but it finally devolves into downright anger at 2:00. You can hear attempts at controlling the temper at 2:05 but he finally loses control at 2:11. Rage, pain and perhaps a tinge of jealousy was rampant in the next section.


Until he finally quiets down again. And the third part which is a repetition of the first becomes more of a reverie of the happy times. A catharsis in a sense.


It's almost like Chopin wrote a whole romantic novel with this 5 minute piece. I don't think "sadness" captures the piece very well. There is sadness and a sense of loss for sure, but it contains so much more: beauty and romance, joy, passion, longing, as well as pain and anger and frustration. Knowing Chopin's troubled love life, I would venture a guess that the piece was highly personal for Chopin. Perhaps he had one of his youthful but brief love affairs in mind as he composed it. And maybe that is why Chopin ranked this piece as his favorite.



All comments from YouTube:

Rousseau

Chopin's Etude Op. 10 No. 3. Often given the nickname "Tristesse", which translates to "sadness". Do you think it's an appropriate nickname for the piece? Chopin himself never gave his works nicknames, the emotion he conveyed through the music itself says all that needs to be said. Sometimes the nickname "L'Adieu" (farewell) is used for this Etude, and I feel like a farewell describes the melancholic, but hopeful nature of this piece more. Have a beautiful Thursday ♥

Thomas Thompson

So many pianists take this piece much too fast and thus lose much of the beauty of it. I'm supremely grateful you did not do that. This performance is wonderful. Thanks.

Maxgodtanks PUBG

This recording is 3x too slow

འབྲུག

100 percent i love this song with my heart

maryA__mariA

What is this music all about?

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Toms Mucenieks

This is actually one of my favorites by Chopin. There's just something... can't really describe that feeling.

Samuel Simon

Mhmm, happiness when u kno its temporary as a chord change

amarin

As if its from another life

Lauren Jess

I know what you mean. It's your soul connecting to the music vibrations and it brings out the emotional side.

Nick

Just feels like soft hearted fondness to me. Playful here and there, generally pleasant, even reverent at times.

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