I Would like to understand the melody movement in Chopin's op.9 number 2 at minute 01:28 in this youtube video (you can find the score also). it's in the key of Bb But it seems he jumps to other keys like F major or D major?! but I am not sure. thanks a lot.

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    This seems more to be a question about the harmonic progression than about the melody. It would help if you give some information how familiar you are with harmonic theory. For example, F-major fits very well with B-flat minor, so that's perhaps not too surprising. – user18490 Nov 14 '17 at 0:19
  • Hi i have a basic background for ex. Circle of fifth. Scales modes progressions etc...but why they fit i dont know why...where should i read about this? – LoveIsHere Nov 14 '17 at 9:20

Chopin is playing around with the idea of enharmonic reinterpretation at 1:28.

He cadences in D♭ major at 1:26. This isn't anything too extraordinary, because it's just the relative major of B♭ minor.

Immediately after this chord, he takes that bass D♭ and enharmonically reinterprets it to become a C♯. Simultaneously, he uses that C♯ to create an A7/C♯ chord that then quickly leads to D major.

The cadence on F major is perhaps less interesting, because it's just the dominant of B♭ minor. Perhaps you could argue that F minor would be more normative, but at this point in the nineteenth century, F major was a viable option. (And certainly more viable than D major!)

Lastly, pay attention to the three harmonic areas we've pointed out: we start in B♭, and we also move to D♭, D, and F. We call this composing out, because at a larger scale the music is expressing the overall B♭ tonic triad .

  • thanks a lot! Now it is clear. You know this movement is very moving for me. :-) – LoveIsHere Apr 19 '19 at 12:05

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