Most editions I've found (including the first edition) have an F#, but others follow the same descending pattern up to that point and print a G.

Can anybody shed some light on which note is correct? Or which is commonly played?

I haven't been able to find an Urtext or manuscript version but if anyone from The Morgan Library is reading, there is an autograph manuscript in your collection 😉


Schlessinger, 1833 Rudorff, 1880


Cortot, 1915 Schirmer, 1916

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The Henle urtext1 gives f♯ and includes no commentary on this pitch — that is, Henle seems to feel there is no question surrounding that note.

Chopin 10/3 m. 41, Henle urtext edition

The manuscript versions2 also give f♯

Chopin 10/3 m. 41, manuscript

In addition, f♯ makes harmonic sense — it's the root of an f♯7 chord, which reinforces the cadence on b major on the downbeat of the following measure.

1 Chopin, Etudes op. 10 (G. Henle Verlag, n.d. [1983?]).

2 Chopin Variorum Edition. The link is to a list of all copies of m. 41.

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