Polonaises Series A: Ops. 26, 40, 44, 53, 61
Volume No. 6 of the National Edition contains seven “Polonaises” by Chopin. The polonaise is a ceremonial Polish national dance. It is march-like in character, in triple metre and a peculiar tempo resulting from this character. The editorial notes contain indications concerning tempo realisations. Of the variants in musical notation, those designated “ossia” were marked in this way by Chopin himself or inscribed in his hand in his pupils' copies, while those without this indication result from textual divergences in authentic copies or from difficulties in reading the text in an unambiguous way.
Chopin National Edition Volume VI
(ed. Jan Ekier)