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Your favorite Chopin piece / Chopin Competition in Poland

rybnik 18 | 1,461
23 Jan 2012 #1
My 16yo daughter has agreed to learn and her music teacher has agreed to teach her a Chopin piece. I'm not quite sure which one she should tackle. I need some suggestions. What is/are your favorite Chopin piece(s). Please include any etudes and mazurkas you likenot solely his polonaises.

JonnyM 11 | 2,620
23 Jan 2012 #3
I like the Preludes. It's good to listen to all of them all in one go, in sequence, but 8 and 17 are my favourites.

10 and 21 are relatively easy; some of the others are most definitely not; 14 is quite a short one but none of them are long. The Polonnaises are great but challenging to play.

Prelude no 4 might be a good one for a 16 year old learner:

Also think about Mazurka 6/1 or Mazurka 68/3
modafinil - | 418
23 Jan 2012 #4
Only problem with this one is that it is so well known that it makes it easier for the most casual listener to spot bum notes.
OP rybnik 18 | 1,461
23 Jan 2012 #5
As soon as I get home from work, I'll be checking out your suggestions.
Thanks DE, Johnny M and modafinil!!
23 Jan 2012 #6
This one, "Black keys etude" is very popular among young virtuosos. It looks difficult though.
OP rybnik 18 | 1,461
29 Jan 2012 #7
Thanks again to all for your suggestions. We're going with the Nocturne.
modafinil - | 418
21 Mar 2012 #8
FYI, for anyone in the UK interested, there will be a BBC4 radio programme on the life and struggles of Chopin and how it influenced his compositions on the 27th March at 11.30am titled 'Robert Winston's Musical Analysis'.
OP rybnik 18 | 1,461
22 Mar 2012 #9
Is there anyway to catch it online?
modafinil - | 418
22 Mar 2012 #10
If you can view/hear this:

you will be able to catch next week's episode on Chopin a day after broadcast. I think it may be only available for those with UK ip addresses, though.
pawian 179 | 16,320
7 Oct 2015 #11
Merged: Chopin Competition in Warsaw Poland

I am listening to performances on 4th day of 17th edition of Chopin Competition. Critics claim that the pianists are technically perfect. What matters, then, to win the competition, is this sublime impalpable atmosphere they create with their music.
The International Chopin Piano Competition (Polish: Międzynarodowy Konkurs Pianistyczny im. Fryderyka Chopina), often referred to as the Chopin Competition, is a piano competition held in Warsaw, Poland. It was initiated in 1927 and has been held every five years since 1955. It is one of few competitions devoted entirely to the works of a single composer,[1] in this case, Frédéric Chopin.
Lyzko 31 | 7,800
7 Oct 2015 #12
To me, his nocturnes are Chopin at his most Polish:-)
Atch 16 | 3,366
8 Oct 2015 #13
I'm not quite sure which one she should tackle.

Don't want to sound condescending but coming from a family of musicians I would say that her teacher is the best person to choose the piece, based on your daughter's abilities and technical skill, unless you are a pianist yourself, in which case you should reach a conclusion after discussion with her teacher. My sister is a singer and harpist, my mother a singer and pianist. That's how the pieces were chosen when my sister was beyond the beginner stage.
Looker - | 1,102
18 Oct 2015 #14
I like Chopin and this competition in Poland is fascinating - I'm sure other Poles share that opinion too :)

Chopin competition in Poland
Dougpol1 32 | 2,673
18 Oct 2015 #15
I struggled as a teenager on grade 6/7 piano.

I hate Chopin (don't have long fingers)

Franz Schubert - now we're talking!

What is/are your favorite Chopin piece

Ballade No 1 in G minor, as played by Peter Frankyl....
19 Oct 2015 #16
Fantaisie-Impromptu, every time!
dany_moussalli 13 | 259
19 Oct 2015 #17
nocturne no.20

nocturne 9 no.1
Crow 150 | 9,552
5 Aug 2016 #18
Merged: Chopin and His Europe piano festival in Poland - Warsaw, Aug. 15-31

Good to see Poland keeps memory on her people that contributed to Polish and world culture

Celebrating Chopin

warsaw voice /WVpage/pages/article.php/28486/article

.... Polish capital again for the 12th Chopin and His Europe festival Aug. 15-31

Lyzko 31 | 7,800
7 Aug 2016 #19
Greatest, i.e. most satisfying, performances to date of Chopin's waltzes and mazurkas are by Dinu Lipatti! All else, of course, by the Polish-American pianist Josef (Joźió) Kazimierz Hofmann, including the Nocturnes and Etudes:-)
NoToForeigners 10 | 1,032
13 Sep 2019 #21
Sounds like funeral music.



Only a genius can COMPOSE anything close to that.
And this is how much effort it takes to even play it:

Let alone compose that.
Now compare that with todays "music" lol

Szopen was a frigging Alien :)

Lyzko 31 | 7,800
13 Sep 2019 #22
Szopen wciaz jest dusza Polski! NIECH ZYJE SZOPEN!
NoToForeigners 10 | 1,032
13 Sep 2019 #23
Szopen was a great patriot... now in Poland we have Fake Teeth Schetyna, Ginger loser TuSSk and Borsuk Budka that gonna sale Poland to EU elitist leftrads without blinking.... Chopin must be turning over in his grave.... sadly.

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