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Happy Holidays!
Musical Greetings from Piano Street

December 24th, 2013 in Piano Street Site News by | 27 comments

The most popular composer among Piano Street’s members is Frédéric Chopin. As a holiday gift to our members and the piano playing world, we have prepared piano scores of two of his masterpieces, in two different editions each.

Farewell music?

Do you know which compositions Chopin selected for his own funeral?
Along with Mozart’s Requiem this short but remarkable composition is one of them. With this piece, let us introduce our new concept intended for the beginner/intermediate pianists: the “Piano Street Instructive Edition” (PSI). To be used as a compliment to the clean Urtext version the PSI guides you through the composition with practice tips, performance suggestions and clarifications.

Free downloads of Chopin Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 no. 4:
Piano Street Instructive Edition
Piano Street Urtext

Sweeping brilliance, saved from the fire

Among this year’s many notable events and advancements for Piano Street, one is the publication of a new edition and an article about Fantaisie-Impromptu in the Chopin Foundation of the United States’ most recent journal.

Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu is a technically difficult but also very fun piece to play, and it’s easy to see why it’s among Chopin’s most famous and popular works. It has an interesting story based on the fact that Chopin did not want the piece published at all. Early next year we will publish an article and video here on the blog, explaining the difference of the two main characters in this story, the “Autograph version” and the “Fontana version”.
But for now, stay sharp during the holidays by using your analytical skills to examine them yourself or simply enjoy playing the new, rather different Autograph version of Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu.

New publications from Piano Street, available for free until January 12 2014:
Fantaisie-Impromptu – Autograph Version
Fantaisie-Impromptu – Fontana Version

For detailed information about the different versions, see this page.

Hear the Autograph version of Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu performed by Piano Street’s editor David Wärn:

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Please share your findings about the different versions of Fantaisie-Impromptu or let us know what you think about the new Piano Street Instructive Edition concept by posting a comment.
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P.S. As another holiday surprise for all members we have now activated a new feature in your account!

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  • Allan says:

    Thank you and Merry Christmas! The annoted edition looks great, very helpful.

  • N. G. says:

    Happy holiday Piano Street! Thanks for the sheet music! Its a nice gift!

  • Tatiana says:

    It is beautiful gift! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  • Angie says:

    Thank you very much. Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!

  • Kelemen András says:

    Thank you very much!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • Roger Jones, P.Eng. says:

    Thanks for the scores. Will try the Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 no. 4 with great pleasure. As for the other one… not for me yet! Four sharps… Hmm. Merry Christmas to all!

  • C. Charly says:

    Thanks for the nice gift. I’ve always liked playing Chopin’s music. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. God bless you.

  • Thanks for the reads, and music. Have a Merry Christmas, Boxing day, and New year. Will look forward to pianostreet in the new year.

  • angela mollo says:

    Very thankful for your friendly gift, which appreciate very much. It is quite an incentive to piano players to try to performing Chopin’s music. An amazing challenge for me for the coming new year’s 2014!.

  • yangguanfan says:

    Thank you very much!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • mauricechiu says:

    Thanks for the gift.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • micky says:

    thank you for the scores!

    trying to print the chopin prelude instructive edition i run into a ‘password protection’ error
    what am i doing wrong?

    happy new year to everyone

  • steinberg09 says:

    Just the thing for my old “new” 240cm Bechstein which arrived last week and is similar to that used by Liszt. This instrument seems to have a Chopinistic soul and produces the most extraordinary warm deep tone.
    Many thanks,
    Wielkie dzięki i Wesołych Świąt.

  • Nezam says:

    Thank you for your nice gift, and happy new year.
    It is very kind of you to send me the Piano Street’s News regularly.
    Good Luck!

  • YMC15 says:

    Thank you very much!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • Sue says:

    Merry Christmas Piano Street.
    Thanks so much for the sheet music.
    It is always nice to get something new to try.

  • op3no2 says:

    thank you so much! i can’t wait to look through the instructive edition! Since a teacher is hard for me to come by, I greatly appreciate this =)! Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

  • Indrajit Banerjee says:

    Thank you so very much

  • lovethepiano says:

    Thank you for the annotated editions of Chopin’s music. I am one of those people who loves Chopin. Are you planning to do that for any other music? I would love to see an annotated edition of Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasie as I am trying to get that to performance level. I love PianoStreet. Many thanks!!

  • This is wonderful. Thank you for the great music and listen. Happy Holidays to you guys at Piano Street.

  • Helene says:

    An inspiring performance of Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu performed by Piano Streets editor David Wärn!!! Clean, and gentle!! How beautiful! Thank you for posting that performance~~

    Bravo, Mr. Warn!

  • Shamar says:

    WOW!!! Thanks you so much for these works of Chopin; especially the autographed version of Chopin’s ‘Fantaisie Impromtu.’ I have not played that piece in over a year now and am so excited to ‘relearn’ the piece…the autographed version :)) It is very different but I love it.

    I have not studied this version as yet but here’s the general differences which I gathered from listening to the performance while reading the score :
    o The 1st section was basically the same until the end where it had the descending chromatic melody line. Here, there were additional chords to harmonize the chromatic melody line, repeated an octave lower.
    o The 2nd section had most of the differences to me; the most obvious difference was that of the augmented melody line in 58 and similar passages, and also the change in where the melody came in bars 60 and 72.
    o In the coda…well the harmony was really different :)

    I really loved that performance by Mr. Warner!
    Thanks Piano Street!!!

  • Alicia Castillo says:

    Thanks for the nice gift. The annoted edition looks great an very helpful. I love PianoStreet and I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

  • Andrew cambitsis says:

    I would like to know if the piano street instructive edition is available for other chopin compositions. If not, you should make this more available.

  • Anthony Raj says:

    Thanks for a gift. happy new year for all the pianostreet member for supporting musicians world wide.

  • Julia Nascimento says:

    Thanks for a gift. Happy New Year!

  • Jerry Serrano says:

    Thank you so much !!! It is a pleasure for me to receive it. I know it shall hepsl me to grow.

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