Baroque Castle - Tristesse

Baroque Castle shown from a distance as "Tristesse" sequence begins

Tristesse (Étude In E Major Op. 10 No. 3) is a piano piece composed by Frederic Chopin.


In Eternal Sonata, "Tristesse" is presented in Chapter 6, just after Crescendo and Serenade bid good-bye to Baroque Castle and head for Forte. The piece and the events surrounding it echo the mood of the two. Chopin composed the piece in 1832, when he was living in Paris, France, the only country to openly welcome Polish exiles. As he had left the country before the November Uprising, he had the perfect alibi to prove that he was not involved in the insurrection that happened in Poland, but due to his patriotism, he never returned to his home country. He felt guilty about not having been able to participate in the fighting, and as such, chose to "burn his bridges" by not returning to Poland. He may have composed the piece as a way to burn his homeland into his heart and stated of it "In my entire life, I have never written another melody as beautiful."

Real WorldEdit

  • The piece is often referred to as "Tristesse," or sometimes as "Farewell," though neither name was given by Chopin himself. It is considered a study for solo piano. It is stated that while one of his pupils was studying it, Chopin clasped his hands and exclaimed "Oh, my fatherland!" The tune has spawned a number of popular derivatives.[1] Tristesse itself translates roughly as "sadness," echoing the feelings of both Chopin and the character Crescendo.

Behind the scenesEdit

Tristesse - Sample

Listen to a sample of "Tristesse"


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia entry on Étude Op. 10, No. 3 (Chopin)

Chopin Story Sequence
Raindrops · Revolution · Fantaisie-Impromptu · Grande Valse Brillante · Little Dog Waltz · Nocturne · Tristesse · Heroic