When Chopin, in the mid-1830s, entitled "ballad" his opus 23, he established the piano ballad as a new musical genre, regularly followed by him, for example by Brahms, Liszt and Grieg. The idea of \u200b\u200bputting a fictitious dramatic and mystical event into music was of particular interest to Schumann the romantic. He expresses himself enthusiastically on the work: "I have a new ballad of Chopin. It seems to me to be his genialissime work (and not banal genial). "Our separate edition is from the recently revised edition of" Ballades "(HN 862). Detailed information on genesis and source assessment can be downloaded for free.