On the Genre-Related Dramaturgy of Frideric Chopin’s Nocturne in G Minor, opus 15

Nina B. Bondarenko


The author examines the issues of definition of the inner form in Frideric Chopin’s music, approaching its understanding
by means of interaction of two genres which are significant for the music of the Polish composer – the mazurka
and the chorale. They acquire the status of the general opposition of genres which structure the logic of Chopin’s
compositions in free form at a deep meaning-generating level of the musical text. By means of the intensive and
ambivalent interaction of Mazurka qualities with chorale qualities, revealing itself in dramaturgically nodal, crucial
moments of the musical structure, the symbolic structure is divined, which establishes the most important generating
element of the composer’s style. A detailed analysis of Chopin’s “Hamlet” Nocturne in G minor opus 15 makes it
possible to confirm the transgressive function of the Mazurka element, which provokes the appearance of chorale
qualities as paradoxical outcome.

Keywords: Frideric Chopin, Nocturne, inner form in music, style, genre, Mazurka qualities, chorale qualities.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17674/1997-0854.2016.1.076-082


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