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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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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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Chopin: marche funèbre bar 15 impossible place

Chopin sonata #2 Opus 35: Look at the left hand: Db from small octave and F from 1-st octave. Neither I, nor anybody of my acquaintances can stretch the hand so far. My idea was to replace F 1-t ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Weird acciaccatura (?) notation in Chopin's polonaise

I am not sure how to interpret the particular notation in Chopin's Op.53 Polonaise: Here, we have a single (smaller font) Eb (just before the trill). I should interpret it as a grace note, but then ...
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How can I get my left hand to sound legato when I'm leaping?

Now, this Nocturne in Eb is the very first Chopin piece I ever learned. I have gotten to rhythmic precision with this, even in the sections with polyrhythms just by playing it frequently. Piano ...
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Ballades (Chopin) Harmony Question

I don't listen to much classical; however, I recently found this beautiful work by Chopin. I am wondering if you could help me explain a particularly amazing moment in the piece. Please refer to ...
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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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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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Need help understanding the double sharp turn in Chopin's prelude in e minor [duplicate]

I need help understanding why the notes in this turn are B-A#-Gx-A#. I don't understand how the double sharp affects the turn. I would assume that instead of A# being the "base note" (for lack of a ...
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Fantaisie Impromptu - Specific fingering issue

I've been practicing Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu for several weeks now, and while I'm by no means perfect at it, there aren't any aspects or parts of the piece that I am not confident I'll be able to ...
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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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Identifying piano notation symbol in Chopin Mazurka

I'm trying to identify what this symbol is (circled in pencil) in the sheet music for Mazurka no.4 op.17 by Chopin. It looks like two connected diamond shapes, and I can't find an explanation of it ...
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How does Chopin Op. 48 No.1 fit in with the remaining nocturnes? Any biographical reasons?

I've played a couple Nocturnes over the years, but it's been a while since I revisited Op. 48 No. 1. And I'm again quite amazed by how technically challenging it is in comparison: The wide arpeggios ...
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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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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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How should a melody be treated when switched from right to left hand?

For example, in Chopin's Etude Op 10, No. 4 (Torrent), the melody is initially in the right hand and it's accompanied by the left hand. A few bars after, the right takes over the same accompaniment ...
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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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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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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 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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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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question on Chopin opus 25 1 about left and right hands

For study of Chopin opus 25, study 1, at measure 8, 4th note, should we play the "right-hand note" (B flat) with left hand, and the "left-hand note" (D flat) with the right hand, instead to what seems ...
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What is this chord in Grande Valse Brilliante?

The chord circled in red is what I am asking about. I know that in the measure before, there is a diminished seventh chord. I'm certain that this is a dominant function chord(or at least, locally to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How does Sonata Form fit into a Waltz?

After analyzing Grande Valse Brillante Op. 18, I noticed something about the form of the waltz. I thought at first, that this waltz by Chopin is in ternary form, like most dance pieces. However, there ...
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Composing a polonaise, anything else to consider?

So the thought has came to me several times to write a polonaise. I'm not Polish so I barely know anything about that side of the polonaise. But so far I have come across these commonalities across ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...