Fantaisie in F minor (Chopin)

Frédéric Chopin's Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49, is a single-movement work for the piano, composed in 1841, when he was 31 years old.[1] From Chopin's letters it is known that he used the name "fantasy" to show some sort of freedom from rules and give a Romantic expression.[1] Frédéric Chopin continued the tradition of a self-contained movement in his Fantaisie.[2] This Fantaisie is one of Chopin's longest pieces, and is considered one of his greatest works.

Fantaisie in F minor
by Chopin
CatalogueOp. 49
FormFantasy form


This work belongs to the Fantasy form, a composition free in form and inspiration.[2] It begins with a solemn marching theme that eventually plunges into a passionate and virtuosic section, the transition marked poco a poco … doppio movimento, still with elements of marching, but more triumphant and positive in mood. About halfway through the piece occurs a slow and sombre chorale-like section in B major, before the previous section is restated. After a short, quiet and sweet statement followed by a final flourish the work ends in a plagal cadence in A-flat major, the relative key. This piece is 11-14 minutes long.


  1. ^ a b "Fryderyk Chopin - Information Centre - Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49 - Genres". 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b "fantasia (music) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia". 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. composition free in form and inspiration, usually for an instrumental soloist

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