Chopin – Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart‘s Don Giovanni
Frédéric Chopin’s Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” for piano and orchestra, Op. 2, was written in 1827, when he was aged only 17. “Là ci darem la mano” is a duet sung by Don Giovanni and Zerlina, from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. It was one of the earliest manifestations of Chopin’s incipient genius. It inspired Robert Schumann‘s famous exclamation, Hats off, gentlemen! A genius!
The work is in B-flat major throughout, except for the Adagio of Variation 5, which is in the minor key.
- Introduction: Largo – Poco piu mosso 0:00
- Thema: Allegretto 5:20
- Variation 1: Brillante 6:53
- Variation 2: Veloce, ma accuratamente 7:52
- Variation 3: Sempre sostenuto 8:54
- Variation 4: Con bravura 10:20
- Variation 5: Alla Polacca 11:24