Étude Op. 10, No. 3 (Chopin)  

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Étude Op. 10 No. 3, in E major, is a study for solo piano composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1832. It was first published in 1833 in France, as the third piece of his Études Op. 10. This is a slow cantabile study for polyphonic and legato playing. Chopin himself believed the melody to be his most beautiful one. It became famous through numerous popular arrangements, such as the 1939 song "Tristesse" by Tino Rossi and Serge Gainsbourg's "Lemon Incest" (1984).

Neither "Tristesse'" (sadness) nor "Farewell" is a name given by Chopin.

Popular derivatives

The memorable simplicity of the theme has led to its widespread use across a variety of media. In popular usage, it is invariably performed at a slower tempo marking than the original.

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