Issues : Uncertain notes on ledger lines

b. 132

composition: Op. 44, Polonaise in F♯ minor

a-e1 fifth in GE

Triad with c1 in FE (→EE)


According to us, the version of FE (→EE) most probably resulted from a misinterpretation of the manuscript – in Chopin's and Fontana's manuscripts it can be difficult to determine whether a chord contains a middle note on a ledger line – cf., e.g. the Etude in A major, Op. 10 No. 10, b. 76, the Prelude in C major, Op. 28 No. 1, b. 34 or the Concerto in F minor, Op. 21, mov. I, b. 109. Repeating two notes of the preceding chord on the 3rd crotchet would be an unnecessary burden to the accompaniment; it does not occur in this section, as a result of which in the main text we follow GE

category imprint: Differences between sources

issues: Inaccuracies in FE , Uncertain notes on ledger lines