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Chopin: Etude opus 10 no 12

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Frédéric Chopin - Etudes :
Etude, Op. 10 No. 12
Etude Op. 10 No. 12   in C Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: C Minor Published: 1832
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (612 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (1215 kB)

A war cry at the piano

The Revolutionary Etude, an intense, tempestuous work that sounds like a chaotic battle, is the twelfth and last piece in Chopin's first set of Etudes. It was written in 1831 at about the same time as the November Uprising, Poland's failed revolt against Russia. As this etude's alternative title suggests, Chopin seems to have written it as a response to the Polish revolt, and he poured many of the emotions that he was feeling at the time into the work.

Until the time of Chopin and Liszt, etudes were written as educational exercises intended to focus on and improve technique, but the etudes written by these composers were intended as fully developed pieces intended for concert performances. Like most of Chopin’s Etudes, the Revolutionary is very difficult to play, but unlike most of the others, the difficulties are mainly in the left hand. A heroic, fanfare-like melody is played by the right hand while the left hand creates an impression of chaos and intensity by making continuous fast runs up and down the keyboard.

One of the more interesting aspects of the piece is its abrupt ending. It ends with a descending sweep in both hands that ends in a C major chord, supposedly brighter and more positive-sounding than the rest of the piece, which is in c minor. However, the arrival of this chord is so abrupt that the effect is anything but soothing. An unexpected touch to one of Chopin's more intense works, and possibly an allusion to the end of the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata op 111, which Chopin is known to have admired.

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xx Video - Chopin Etude Op10 No12
April 13, 2012, 12:47:43 AM by danhuyle

It's that etude again.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irHBb31eaUI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irHBb31eaUI</a>

Better than my other video if anyone remembers that one. It's a bit static and I can do some more with it. Speed is not an issue. It's more the interpretation, creating contrast and more layer of colors.

This comes down to the ability to interpret.

Any comments appreciated. Smiley

xx Chopin - Etude Op 10, No. 12 in c minor
April 12, 2012, 08:25:17 AM by perfect_pitch


My piano teacher has asked me to learn this etude in order to 1) get me to really think about the pedalling, and 2) to ensure that clarity is kept in the left hand and to really keep the left hand accurate in playing.

I submit my recording of a Chopin Etude, I ask that if any of you have any advice, no matter how small, I would greatly appreciate it.

(And no, I didn't learn this simply because Costicina did - my teacher asked me to start learning this 3 weeks ago).

xx The Revolutionary is back!!!!!
April 11, 2012, 11:55:43 AM by costicina

Birba's passionate performances of Beethoven and Rachmaninov made me feel like playing something stormy, so I resumed the Revolutionary from the 'quarantine'.... In spite of the many flaws, it gave me satisfaction to play this piece again.
 Roll Eyes At least, the memory didn't fail me....
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elVSSMIqT3s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elVSSMIqT3s</a>

xx VIDEO: The Revolutionary, again… improved (?) version
January 22, 2012, 03:23:28 PM by costicina

 :(Here is my second take of this Etude. It’s far from satisfaying  Huh, but – I hope –   slightly better than the previous one.

Needless to say,  I owe to your generous help and your precious advices whatever improvement, if any, happened to occur.
Any feedback will be most appreciated (I’m getting quite  disheartened  Cry  Cry  Cry )
Thank you in advance

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I58f63VKnWc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I58f63VKnWc</a>

xx Chopin'Etude
April 09, 2011, 12:38:38 PM by adusha


Let's say that you just started to study Chopin's Etude No12, Op. 10 "The Revolutionary Etude". How much time do you need to study it? Can you play it in concert after 2 weeks?

smiley What is harder? The revoloutionary or Fantasie impromptue
March 18, 2011, 09:08:36 PM by bozzyraven

What is harder? The revoloutionary or Fantasie impromptue

question What's the best way to play Chopin's etude Op10n12?
March 04, 2011, 07:19:53 AM by gustavob

I'm a newbie in piano technique and i need a list on which methods i should study in order to play Chopin's etude Op10n12.

Thanks in advance

xx Chopin Etude Op10 No12
February 27, 2011, 07:49:48 AM by danhuyle

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULWruNbG9l4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULWruNbG9l4</a>

Forgive me if it's too slow.

xx Chopin Revolutionary etude
February 24, 2011, 08:56:27 AM by pianisten1989

I keep spamming the Audition room with recordings.

So I made some recordings of this chopin etude. Ofc, I'm not happy with any of them (always  these bloody details!!), but this one is probably the one I like the most. It's a bit rushed, and it got a bit too dry in the sotto voce... But it's always like that, and if we'd try to make perfect in every way, we wouldn't post a lot, would we?

Hope you like it! Smiley

Edit: Take 2 is in the bottom!

xx Chopin Revolutionary Etude
January 26, 2011, 11:24:27 AM by pianisten1989

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLjOpFmpj2o" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLjOpFmpj2o</a>

The sound is not good at all. Sometimes it even sound like one note is hit twice, but I didn't hit it twice! Sad

Somewhat rushed in some places, but good enough!

 Comments are more than welcome! Smiley

xx Chopin's Etude op 10 no 12 "Revolutionary"
January 06, 2011, 02:26:22 PM by raph_a_el

I recently made a recording of this etude while my piano is still in a good tuning condition:


I would be interested to hear any opinions/comments/criticism, etc...


xx Which level are this pieces?
November 24, 2010, 07:35:03 AM by musicioso

Hallo dear forum members,

Can someone tell me which level the following pieces are?

1 chopin etude op.25 no.12
2 Moonlight sonata 1st movement
3 chopin nocturne in c# minor
4 chopin fantasie impromptu
5 chopin prelude op.28 no.24
6 revolutionary etude (chopin)

And i also would like to know what is the highest level and some pieces that are of the highest level.

I hope you guys can help me with this..


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