I'm tackling Chopin's F minor Ballade currently, Op. 52 I believe, and I'm not sure whether to hold down the octaves making up the melodic line in the opening or just hold down the soprano line. If I took the score literally, I would be keeping both my pinky and thumb down and this would seriously obstruct the flowy effect I'd like to achieve. The bottom g of the g octave, for instance, in the first measure is both a sixteenth note and eighth note--technically I'm supposed to keep it down for an eighth but it somehow seems too awkward. Suggestions please?
heyhey...I've been working on this ballade for almost a year now and am starting to work on the more intricate aspects of the piece (in addition to my constant efforts to perfect my performance of the coda :-/). I was wondering if anyone would like to share their own experiences in working this gorgeous piece...also, does anyone happen to know the literary inspiration Chopin had when composing this piece? Or any of the other ballades?
Hmmm my theory teacher told me that Chopin's fourth Ballade was like one of the most difficult pieces ever, and is regarded by many pianists as "The Beast." There was a recent thread that said the second was the hardest...and funny because good 'ol theory told me that and the third were the two easiest...although the fourth is my favorite, I had just concidered playing this as a side study...but if he is indeed correct it may require a more...substantial commitment.
I am looking for programme notes about this work. I know that it is based on a poem by the same poet who wrote Pan Tadeusz (the basis of the G minor Ballade) - whose name I cannot seem to recall at the moment. Anyone have any other piquant cacts?
I don't know if this is the right place to post this question, but...
I have both the Paderewski (Dover) and Peters Edition of this Ballade (no. 4). When I compare them, bars 72-73 are quite different. The notes in the back of the Paderewski Edition suggests that "the most generally accepted version" is not the version they actually use, but the version that happens to be in the Peters Edition.
What version should I use?
Also, as a general rule, do most pianists use Paderewski or Peters or some other edition for Chopin?
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