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Length: approx. 5¼ mins. Sounds best if the bass is doubled.
Judging from the cover of the original sheet music, Mazeppa
was apparently inspired by the historical Ivan Mazeppa
(1644-1709), a Cossack leader who survived the punishment of being lashed to a wild horse for treason. Here Schwartz is in illustrious company with composers and poets such as Lord Byron, Alexander Pushkin, Victor Hugo, Juliusz Slowacki, Ferenc Liszt, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
and Michael Balfe all of whom published works bsed on Mazeppa
themes. This exciting piece itself is fairly long, perhaps artificialy so, in AABBACCAABBA form with a 4-bar introduction, 4-bar interludes and an 8-bar coda. Whether or not the strains may be thematic is open to debate as the the composer himself does not give any indication in his score. It is left to the performers to research Mazeppa
's extraordinary life and make their own conclusions - just the stuff for long winter evenings!
was published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co.
, New York & Chicago, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.