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Chopin was a romantic composer who lived from 1810 to 1849 and wrote mainly - almost only - for the piano.

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Arm pain and endurance when playing Revolution by Chopin on piano

I know this piece is mostly meant as a technical exercise for the left hand, but every time I practice it my arm gets too tired to continue after the first page. I've been practicing it regularly (30 ...
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How should I play strikethrough notes?

I'm currently practicing Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor. In my Edition at the last page, in the sixth last bar, there are some strikethrough notes: How should I play them? I have never seen them ...
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Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 1 bars 31-36: how to position 4th finger?

I've been studying this etude for one year now, using the exercises of Alfred Cortot in his student's edition. I am making steady progress but have a lot of problems with bars 31-32 and 35-36. There ...
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What makes a piece a nocturne?

I am wanting to compose a second nocturne. I composed my first one about a year ago and pretty much all the feedback I got was that it should have been written in 3/4 instead of 4/4. I wonder if that ...
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Harmony on measure 21/22 of Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu

On measure 21, Chopin uses a B major-minor chord followed by a D# minor chord. One might think we're in E major and that he's just borrowing the D# minor, but on measure 19, it seems Chopin has ...
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Comments of Chopin's contemporaries on his playing

I am researching about the kind of style Chopin himself would have had by drawing inferences from sources such as recordings of the 2nd generation pupils of Chopin and the comments of contemporaries ...
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How to write extended perfect authentic cadences

I am currently writing a Berceuse in the style of Chopin and I noticed in a lot of his music and that of other romantic composers in the final perfect authentic cadences they repeat it multiple times ...
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Why go back and forth between 2 time signatures if they have the same feel?

I don't see this very often but I do see it in 1 of Chopin's nocturnes. In particular his F major nocturne op. 15 no. 1 It switches back and forth measure by measure between 3/4 and 9/8, well at ...
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Descending trill in Chopin's Military Polonaise?

I looked at the sheet music of the Military Polonaise by Chopin that I have. I saw something which looks more difficult than even the fast speed or the octaves. I saw a descending trill. I have never ...
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Fantasie Impromptu and hand flexibility

I am thinking of perhaps learning Fantasie Impromptu soon. I have played a 4:3 polyrhythm before but not for longer than a measure. The piece in which I have encountered this polyrhythm is Nocturne Op....
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Chopin piano piece title “doubtful”?

I was listening to Pandora, and a piano piece by Chopin came on titled Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.IA/6 And I simply am wondering why is the key doubtful? Is that what'...
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Do classical recording artists learn and record each piece separately and then compile an album later?

Or do they learn all the pieces to perfection and then record them in longer sessions? For example, I am currently listening to Ronald Smith's complete Chopin compilation and it made me wonder if it ...
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Why did Chopin name Etude Op. 25, No.5 the “Wrong Note”?

The piece sounds lovely, why did he name it "Wrong Note"?
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How to play the trills in Chopin's Waltz in A minor Op 43 No 2

In Chopin's Waltz Op 43 No. 2 in A minor are some trills in the left hand. How many trills should be played in this bar and where to stop the trill, on E or on F? Also since the right hand starts ...
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What was Chopin's style like?

I don't really play piano, but I have been immersed in Chopin's music for the last month. I'm curious to hear from Piano players what were the elements of his style? You can hear a lot of eastern ...
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How to play Chopin Etude Op 10 No 11?

I have difficulty to play the left hand on tempo, especially the ' D Bb Ab' part at the beginning. I am not stretching my fingers, but I am moving my wrist to reach the note, yet my wrist still gets ...
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Is it recommended to learn a piece you really like, but is way above your level?

For example, I really love chopin etude op 10 no 11, but it's way above my level. So is it recommended to play a piece you really like, but is way above your level? (I have been playing for three ...
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What is a correct sequence of notes in Chopin prelude #8 when playing slowly both hands against each other?

What is a correct sequence of notes in Chopin prelude #8 when playing slowly? How 32-s should be played against a triole of 16-s with a 8th added in a bundle? It seems that there are no together ...
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chopin harmony movement explanation

I Would like to understand the melody movement in Chopin's op.9 number 2 at minute 01:28 in this youtube video (you can find the score also). it's in the key of Bb But it seems he jumps to other keys ...
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Horowitz' improvised run during performances of fantaisie-impromptu

I'm hoping this is the best place to ask how to play the decorated run that horowitz improvises towards the end of the second section in his performance of Chopin's fantaisie impromptu? I can't find ...
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How does one train to have the instinct of not being able to play a piece any other way?

I'd like to take Chopin's quote "My God! What a child! Nobody has ever understood me as this child has...It is not imitation, it is the same sentiment, an instinct that makes him play without thinking ...
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Music Notation: “Wave” below a note

So recently I stumbled upon this symbol in one of Chopin's works, to be precise in "4 Mazurkas" (Op. 33 No. 1) in bars 14, 16 and 17. Here's a link to the edition I'm talking about, and below is a ...
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What are some sources I could use to get to a decent level to be able to analyze advanced classical pieces?

I love Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, Chopin and I just want to be able to understand even more by analyzing them. Does anyone know of a good source for me to study to be able to get to a level where I ...
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Interpretation - How should one play the bass line in Chopin's Op.25 No.11 (Winter Wind)?

At the end of Chopin's Winter Wind Etude, there is this LH passage: As this passage seems to indicate the main theme, it is often played differently: So, how should it be played? Is this just a ...
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How should I practice the piano piece Fantaisie-Impromptu?

It has always been a childhood dream of mine to play well the piano piece Fantaisie-Impromptu. Unfortunately, I was not able to learn the piece with my piano teacher while I was learning the piano. ...
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How to approach playing rhapsodic passages against left hand in Chopin prelude#24?

How to approach playing rhapsodic passages against left hand in Chopin prelude#24? Does anybody play it and know how to learn it in a proper way? I have seen one score edition which suggests to split ...
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Handling tie with partially matching notes

Suppose I play this section on a piano. Should C4 be pressed down 2 separate times? Or should I just hold it until the end (pressing keys C4GAC5, then ONLY F)? Thanks a lot! * For the context, it'...
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Getting Chopin Etude Op 10 no 1 up to tempo

I am trying to learn Chopin Etude Op 10 no 1, and since it is the summer I am without a teacher. I've got the notes and the fingering down pat, but I am stuck on a tempo of about 130 bpm, when I ...
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Fingering on Fantaisie-Impromptu

What fingering is more appropriate to use at Chopin Fantaisie Impromptu op. 66 at the second F# in right hand ? In most editions I've read (like this one) I saw 5fth finger. I know that fingerings ...
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What are some tips for battling forearm fatigue for performing long passages of fast notes (keyboard)?

I am unable to play, for example Chopin etudes (most of them) and Fantaisie-Impromptu because less than 30 seconds in, my forearms fatigue. I slow down a lot and it is physically painful to proceed ...
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Chopin 2nd sonata 1st mvt: left hand fingering

Being a pretty experienced player, I admit I still wonder what fingering you can use for left hand for measures 17-22 ? For example, when making the huge transition A-F-A at measure 17-18, would you ...
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What does Garrick Ohlsson intend to say, in his explanation of Chopin's Piano Concerto #1 (op 11) as easier than #2 (op 21)?

[Source:] Both of Chopin’s piano concerti have their merits, but [1.] the Concerto in E minor is easier to take on: [2.] ‘the F minor is more personal, [3.] it is more difficult to understand ...
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Perfecting accents in Chopin's Impromptu

I'm having a little difficulty in perfecting the following accents in Chopin's Impromptu. (Here's the sheet music I'm referencing for those interested. ) If you look at the following picture, you'...
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Pedals in Chopin's Nocturne in e minor

This might be a silly question so pardon me. Recently I have been practicing Chopin's Nocturne Op.72 No.1 in e minor.I have a question regarding how to use the pedals. I have been listening to ...
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Chopin Etude How to play C-flat? [duplicate]

Chopin Etude Op. 9 No. 2 In the 13th full bar, Right hand 5th note. My music sheet shows a Cb (equivalent to B). Should it be there? Should it be played as B natural followed by B-flat?
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Beginning of Chopin nocturne no.20: slur and tie confusion

In the opening bars of this c-sharp minor nocturne, we have the famous descending scales that are played twice, first in piano then in pianissimo. Here's a snapshot (source) of the part in question: ...
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Mastering double trills

After many years of playing piano I recently encountered the double trill in Chopin's Barcarolle. I'm having a hard time getting my fingers to actually play them. Although I do have what could be ...
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How important is the 4th finger fingering in Chopin's Butterfly Etude

Chopin's Etude Op 25 No 9, (Butterfly) uses the 4th finger of the right hand when playing octaves in many places. This makes perfect sense when there is no pedal indicated. But, in those parts where ...
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Grace note in Bar 20 of Chopin's Op. 10 No. 3

What is the correct interpretation of the ornament in bar 20 of Chopin's Etude Op. 10 No. 3 — that is, the final full bar below: The recordings I've heard generally repeat the G# but not all of them ...
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Trill in Chopin Nocturne

Chopin's nocturnes have always been some of my favorite pieces of music to play. However, I was working through No. 17 when I came across this particular complex couple of bars. Particularly, the ...
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Chopin op. 28 no. 4 - bar 16 symbols

There are two symbols I do not recognise below the stretto in this excerpt: What are these symbols? And also, form what I read the stretto here should be interpreted as an accelerando, am I correct?
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How to distinguish between piano music by Beethoven and Chopin?

What are some musical characteristics that can be analyzed to tell if a piece of music was written by Ludwig van Beethoven or Frédéric Chopin? Both are unmistakably present in the concert repertoire ...