May 9, 2019


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This morning we heard one of Frédéric Chopin’s most beautiful melodies – his miniature titled “Tristesse,” meaning “sadness” in French. “Tristesse” is the title that critics of Chopin’s time gave this music — a response to the work’s overall sense of melancholy. What is the collective title Chopin gave the set of pieces from which “Tristesse” is taken?