The Farewell Waltz is in A-flat major, with a time signature of 3/4. The tempo is marked at tempo di valse, or a waltz tempo. The beginning theme, marked con espressione, is melancholic and nostalgic, and reaches a small high point with a fast flourish. The second part is marked sempre delicatissimo, or con anima in other versions. It is somewhat more cheerful that the previous theme, but soon gives way to the same first theme. After a second rendition of the first theme is a third theme, marked as dolce, the most playful theme. It leads to another theme with a series of ascending double-stops. This fourth theme is marked poco a poco crescendo, with other editions adding ed appassionato. This leads back to the third, playful theme, and returns back to the beginning with a da capo al fin.
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Also known as The Farewell Waltz (or Valse de l'adieu in French), this piece was a real good-bye piece to Chopin’s ex-fiancée, Maria Wodzińska, whom his parents disapproved of. Their relationship ended with him sending this autographed piece signed Pour Mlle Marie (For Ms. Marie) as a response to a heart-wrenching “Dear Fryderyk” letter from Marie. She was also the recipient of years back.