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composition: Op. 50 No. 2, Mazurka in A♭ major

Arpeggio & appoggiatura in A1

Tied acciaccatura in FE (→EE)

Acciaccatura & arpeegio in GE

Our alternative suggestion


None of the first editions reproduced the arpeggio before the chord with grace note correctly. The version of FE (→EE) is most probably a distorted notation of A1: the vertical curved line marking the arpeggio was reproduced as a conventional one, which converted it into a tie of the grace note. In GE the wavy line of the arpeggio encompasses the L.H. e note, which is a mistake. In all editions, the grace note is slashed, contrary to A1, which is probably an inaccuracy or a routine revision. However, it does not influence the performance, since Chopin would often use slashed and non-slashed small quavers interchangeably. In the main text we give the undoubtedly authentic notation of A1; in turn, we suggest the reconstruction of the notation of [A2] as an alternative version on the assumption that GE1 reproduced all elements of the notation, except for the wavy line's range, correctly.

category imprint: Differences between sources

issues: Inaccuracies in GE , FE revisions

b. 1-6

composition: Op. 50 No. 2, Mazurka in A♭ major

No slurs in A1 (→FEEE)

Slurs in GE


Five slurs under the bass voice are an improvement introduced by Chopin in [A2] or in the proofreading of GE1. Chopin also added pedalling, probably at the same time.

category imprint: Differences between sources; Corrections & alterations

issues: Authentic corrections of GE

b. 1

composition: Op. 50 No. 2, Mazurka in A♭ major


We replace the Chopinesque abbreviation m.v., currently defunct, with the indication in full wording, i.e. mezza voce. A similar action was performed already in EE.

category imprint: Differences between sources; Editorial revisions

issues: EE revisions

b. 1-5

composition: Op. 50 No. 2, Mazurka in A♭ major

Long accents in A1 & GE1

Short accents in FE (→EE) & GE2


In the main text we give 5 long accents placed between the staves, which corresponds to the unequivocal notation of A1. The notation of GE1 is generally compliant with the above, although it is difficult to say conclusively whether they are short or long accents on the basis of GE1 only; anyway, they are slightly longer than the majority of the accents in the middle section of the Mazurka. The version of the remaining editions, with short accents over the top stave, must be a result of routine revision: the engravers of FE and GE2 reproduced the marks in the same manner, yet independently. 

category imprint: Graphic ambiguousness; Differences between sources

issues: Long accents , Inaccuracies in FE , Placement of markings , GE revisions

b. 2-6

composition: Op. 50 No. 2, Mazurka in A♭ major

No pedalling in A1 (→FEEE)

Pedalling in GE1

Pedalling in GE2

Pedalling suggested by the editors


The pedalling markings in b. 2, 4 and 6, added by Chopin in [A2] or in the proofreading of GE1, were most probably reproduced inaccurately, since it is difficult to assume that the pedal should be released differently in b. 2 and 4. Therefore, in the main text we suggest an averaged notation, although in both cases the pedal could actually be held throughout the entire bar. Consequently, the change introduced in GE2 is justified in this case.

category imprint: Differences between sources; Editorial revisions; Corrections & alterations

issues: GE revisions