Talk:Petite valse (Chabrier, Emmanuel)

Piece is in complete.

Just a note to point out that this piece is incomplete: the file consists of only one page, which is clearly not the end of the piece. M.J.E. 11:28, 5 October 2008 (EDT)

I had a look at the Dover book where it is scanned from: there is only one page. This piece according the preface 'hides a humorous prank, as can be found by trying to end it...' Hobbypianist 13:00, 1 February 2009 (EST)

Thanks for your reply, which I have just belatedly noticed nearly a year later. (I've pointed out various errors or omissions over the months, and most comments don't get a reply - so I tend not to check them all very often.)

So the piece *is* complete, then. If it's a prank, I don't quite get the point of it. I don't see how you would perform this, since there seems to be no suitable stopping point, and if music can't be performed in practice (in a satisfactory way), then it seems pointless.

If I wanted to perform this, I would have to actually compose a conclusion. I think I could do this, but that wouldn't seem right, since it's not my piece.

I wonder what the composer was intending to do. Do you know more about the prank?

There is a Chopin Mazurka a bit similar to this, which repeats endlessly; and I seem to recall it's actually marked "senza Fine" ("without end"). But in fact there is a firm cadence somewhere in the middle where you can end after one or two times around - so at least there is a way around that. I think I learned this piece as a piano student and my teacher pointed out that you would end there. Again, I wonder what Chopin had in mind there.

Weird. M.J.E. 14:29, 25 December 2009 (UTC)

unfortunately I don't know more about the prank in this piece. Well, I just played it. Maybe one could end in bar 9 with the arpeggio in the left and f in the right hand. Hobbypianist 16:46, 29 December 2009 (UTC)