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Chopin – The Four Ballades by Jim Samson

Chopin’s four ballades are widely regarded as being among the most significant extended works for solo piano of the nineteenth century. In an illuminating discussion, Jim Samson combines history and analysis to provide a comprehensive picture of these popular piano works, investigating the social and musical background to Chopin’s music, evaluating the many printed editions of the ballades before considering their critical reception and the differing interpretations of well-known nineteenth- and twentieth-century pianists.

The book at Amazon.com:
Jim Samson – “Chopin: The Four Ballades”

Sheet music to download: Ballades for piano by Chopin

Alfred Cortot plays Ballade no 1 in G Minor:


  1. jane mcintosh Says:

    wonderful – thanks for posting this, especially during Chopin’s year.

  2. Charles Ray Says:

    The fourth Ballade in F minor is in my opinion Chopins greatest piano solo.
    It has everything. The other three are quite remarkable too..

  3. S.H. Says:

    With people in the discipline like Samson there isn’t much hope for musicology.

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