Polonaise in A-flat major (Polonaise héroïque) F. Chopin
The Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 for solo piano, was written by Frédéric Chopin in 1842. This composition is one of Chopin’s most admired compositions and has long been a favorite of the classical piano repertoire. The piece, which is very difficult, requires exceptional piano skills and great virtuosity to be interpreted at a high degree of proficiency.
The name “Polonaise héroïque” goes back to George Sand, Chopin’s longtime lover and companion. In a letter she wrote:
L’inspiration! La force! La vigueur! Il est indéniable qu’un tel esprit doit être présent dans la Révolution française. Désormais cette polonaise devrait être un symbole, un symbole héroïque!
Chopin was always reluctant to bestow descriptive names on his music, but the name stuck.