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Chopin: Ballade 1 Op. 23 in G Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Ballades :
Ballade 1, Op. 23
Ballade 1 Op. 23  in G Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: G Minor Year: 1835
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (268 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (2855 kB)

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xx Chopin Ballade No 1 In G Minor
February 04, 2017, 08:31:56 AM by lexus21

Hello. My name is Lexus Smith, a 13 Year Old Pianist who has been playing for 8 months. I was wondering, I recently have learned the entirety of Chopins Ballade No 1 In G Minor and I was wondering, was it really that much of an accomplishment? I agree you must need emotional maturity in order to play it correctly, especially if it's Chopin, but it really wasn't that hard. I believe I played it correctly since my Piano Teacher said it was amazing. So after I showed him I asked, "Why did you let me play this piece?". He laughed and said, "Because I knew you could do it. You have an obsessive mind and I know that once you have thought of something, you cannot let it go. This was the result of willpower itself."

So I came here wondering if anyone could tell me if it was really a good idea to learn that piece. It is currently the only piece I can play.

xx Lyrical sections of ballade in g minor (My favorite! :) ) pencilart3
July 08, 2016, 08:52:36 PM by pencilart3

Enjoy Smiley here is how I interpret these sections of this piece. Please let me know what you think of the interpretation. Also I strongly advocate turning the trill twice in the second recording.

xx All-Chopin repertoire
February 07, 2016, 10:20:45 AM by alice_park

I am an amateur pianist and has a wide playlist of Chopin's works. I want to study more of his works and wanted to come up with an all-chopin repertoire. If I can rate my skill level, I know I can manage Up to level 8 piece (if it meant 8/10).
For now, I only have Waltz Op. 64, No 2 and Ballade No. 1 in G minor. What else could I put here? I want pieces like those I have mentioned. I also want moving, some popular, or maybe fast and relaxing pieces.

xx Chopin Ballades 1 & 2, video recordings
October 05, 2013, 04:47:18 AM by thesixthsensemusic

Hi everyone,

This week I got a visit by my friend who has (unlike me) a good video camera, and this is the result. The only thing I myself are rather unhappy with is the wrong note at the end of the first scales upwards at the end of the 1st Ballade. Might be just a small albeit stupid mistake but apart from that I was quite happy with both of them.

I do know the video quality of the 2nd Ballade is bad, that was due to it being recorded under dim light around midnight so we couldn't really help it I'm afraid...

I do hope you all enjoy hearing them as much as I enjoyed rehearsing them.

Kind regards from Holland,


xx Chopin - Ballade In G Minor (Audio)
April 17, 2012, 06:19:09 AM by ponken

I would appreciate some critique on this and suggestions on where and how I can improve. Thanks in advance!

xx Frédéric Chopin: Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23
April 16, 2012, 03:39:42 AM by lorditachijr

My first post to the audition room! I have performed this piece in one state competition so far (along with the other solo competition rep you see below), in which I was chosen as one of two winners of the junior division. I will be playing it in our other state competition in about two weeks. I know there are some technical mishaps, and the pedal on my piano is incredibly loud. In any case, I'd really appreciate some commentary/critique on my playing.


xx Frederic Chopin: Ballade no.1 g minor op.23
March 06, 2012, 09:42:16 AM by ermintkalec


Here is recording of my playing the 1.balade of Chopin. The quality of sound is not the best, but is enough good for listen. Smiley

have a nice time! Cheesy

xx Chopin Ballade No.1
March 04, 2012, 08:34:27 PM by cheesypencil

I know the tempos are slow, but this one is a older recording done months before the video got uploaded,

xx Chopin - Ballade in g-minor (live recording from national piano competition)
February 27, 2012, 10:33:23 PM by finnishpianist

Hi! This is my first post. I have to say at first I´m sorry my bad english.

I am an anonymous pianist from Finland. I won a national piano competition 2012, and this Chopin Ballade is one of pieces I played there. I hope you´ll listen whole piece - I think it is a little bit different version! And I would be so happy if someone commented!

This is some english practising in same way Smiley

- FinnishPianist

xx Chopin's Ballade no 1 difficulty
July 09, 2011, 09:31:57 PM by bozzyraven

Do i have to be a concert pianist to play Chopin's Ballade no 1? What piece difficulty could it be compared to? The revoloutionary etude perhaps? of maybe Fantasie impromptue. Could you run of the mill piano teacher play it?

xx Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in g minor, Op 23 (Work in progress)
May 13, 2011, 05:19:23 AM by perfect_pitch

Here is a recording of Chopins 1st ballade in g minor. I know it get's a little dodgy in a couple of little areas, but my main goal in the near future is to get this up to a proper professional level of playing.

ANY advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. If you hear a couple of notes, that don't sound wrong, but sound a bit odd - one of my g strings is still a little dodgy since I got it replaced. I was told it can still be another couple of months before it retains its tension again and holds its pitch.

xx "Ossia" in Chopin's first ballade
April 30, 2011, 07:18:52 AM by klik11

Why does it mean? What should I play at the second bar?

xx Ballade g-minor op. 23
March 13, 2011, 08:35:26 AM by emilye

I need a help, because I play this ballade quite good but ... I can't play fluent one moment in this piece and it's technically really awful moment Smiley I think about bars after famous waltz awww. I can't to fit together my hands and always right or left hand to miss and to stop in this moment. What can I do? Sad

xx Chopin G Minor Ballade
February 06, 2011, 01:07:13 AM by becky8898

Hi All. Im working on this Ballade and there is one measure im curious about. Its the measure before the Presto con Fuoco section.  Chopin begins the measure with eight notes in the right hand then he changes to an eight note triplet and then to sixteenth notes.  The notes are getting shorter in value.  And yet, almost every recording I have ever heard of this has the tempo slowing right before the start of the Presto.  Now my score has no temp indications at this point. Nothing to indicate a ritard.  Obviously all this recordings the artists are employing rubato  I cant help but wonder why Chopin wrote it this way. IM sure im missing something since it does seem so natural to slow down a tad before starting the next section. Thanks for any answers. 

Cheers, Becky

xx Chopin Ballade 1
June 05, 2010, 09:09:42 PM by pianoman1245

Hi everyone, this is my first post & first time submitting anything. I'm an 18 year old student with a recital coming up; I was looking for some alternate opinions on my musical interpretation of this piece.
I recorded up to the Coda, because I'm still working on that section. It was recorded via my iPhone, and my piano has seen better days (needs to be tuned at least), which both obviously effect the recording, so take it for what it is, please. Some loud sections get distorted and sound like they have mistakes when they actually don't, and sometimes it sounds like the left overpowers the right (in the intro to the second theme, for example), but that's really due to the iPhone microphone. I just thought I should clarify that before I posted.

Thank you so much in advance for the comments.

xx Ballade in G minor Op 23 - Chopin
December 10, 2009, 09:15:16 PM by adapa

Hellu! Ive had an on and off relationship with this ballade, and i figured id share it with the community here Smiley I know it isnt perfect but its so fun to play this piece so its a real challenge to sit down and practise those insecure bars.

Feel free to comment!

Oh and in the end i didnt know what to do with my hands, so the result is me looking like an dumbass. So if you dont like the playing just skip to the last seconds, its fun to watch Wink

xx Chopin Ballade No. 1 G-minor
November 25, 2009, 08:58:43 PM by peolainen


I'm thinking about trying to master the first ballade of chopin.

My current reportoire consists of the following pieces:

Rach Prelude op. 23-5, op. 3-2
Chopin Etude 1, 12, Fantasie Impromptu
Debussy Suite Bergamasque
Brahms 6 pieces op. 118 (not finished with all)

Would it be to hard at this moment?

xx Chopin Ballade in G Minor, help?
November 16, 2009, 06:23:59 AM by omar_roy

Hello all, long time no see.  The new Major has been time consuming, but I find myself more in love with the piano now that I am not chained to it!  I still take lessons with the piano department head and she treats me as though I'm still a Piano Performance Major, so all is well!

With that out of the way I am having troubles with Chopin's G Minor ballade.  If it makes any difference to anyone, I am using the Henle edition.

Measures 48 through 53, when the right hand crosses over the thumb on D to land on the F# and Bb with fingers 2 & 4 respectively I have to hit an A natural with the 3rd finger after landing on that interval.  No matter how I drill it or how long I let it rest, I just can't seem to get it to be even and precise.  My 3rd finger either clips the note short, doesn't sound the note, or runs into the Ab.  It's fine on the "upper" F#/Bb to A natural, but the problem resides when I cross over to the "bottom" interval and then have to hit the A natural.

Also, any advice for the octave passages from measures 119 through 123?  I'm having trouble with tension in the shoulder as I accelerate through the octaves.

Thanks in advance.

xx Music Notation Question (Chopin's 1st Ballade - G minor)
October 11, 2009, 06:49:52 AM by mollys

Hi -

When you have a group of eighth notes connected by a beam, what does it mean when one of these notes is unfilled (hollow). For example, I'm looking at Chopin's first ballade (g minor, op. 23).

In Bar 8 when the time signature changes to 6/4, you see five notes in the treble clef connected by a beam. The first of these notes is unfilled. I assumed at first that this means that you hold this note for the value of two eighth notes before moving on to the next note. But now I'm wondering if it means you hold it "while" playing the next note. I'm confused because when I listened to recordings of this by professionals, at least from the few I checked it doesn't appear to me that they hold it longer. Also, I tried to check by adding up the value of everything in the bar, because it's supposed to total to six beats in a measure with the quarter note getting the beat. When you do this, there doesn't appear to be room for this to be held longer.

Alternatively, if it means you're supposed to hold it "while" playing the next note, this doesn't make sense to me because you pedal through this entire section anyway according to the pedalling marks, so it would have no effect on the sound produced. Anyway, thanks.

You can see the first page of the score here:

I'm using a different edition (Henle Urtext). It shows the same thing.

xx Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto and Chopin g minor Ballade
August 11, 2009, 05:03:06 PM by mcdiddy1

Hi, I have just started learning there works and wanted to know you tips you have on learning them. I would also love to hear what experieces you had performing or learning these works.

xx Chopin : Ballade No.1
January 26, 2009, 01:31:44 PM by yw1935

Any comments are welcome

xx Chopin Ballade observation
December 21, 2008, 08:23:47 PM by punkpianist360

   Note:  This is not spam, or insults, or cursing, this is something about the 1st Ballade I just realized.

   I have the Paderewski edition of the Chopin Ballades, and from measures 146- 148, all the first 3 beats of the measures.  You notice in the left hand, there is the quarter note chord, eighth rest, an eighth octave then the quarter octave.  But there is a slur that connects the first beat note to the eighth octave.  So, I think that the quarter should be dotted, hence the slur, and that, to me, would make more sense. 

xx Am I ready to play Chopin Ballade no. 1?
September 25, 2008, 03:14:37 AM by roniman


This is currently my favorite piece. Actually, it has been my favorite piece for quite some time... However, I would like to hear your opinions on how difficult it really is.

I started playing piano when I was 18 (really, really late...) and now I am 22. The problem is that I started playing when I was just starting college (engineering), so I never had the time to practice for many hours every day. My teacher was always very nice and allowed me to play any pieces I wanted, according to my level, plus she gave me some Hanon and Czerny, which I always ignored, actually, and never really spent time practicing them.
Anyway, even though I never had the time to really practice piano as much as I wanted, my teacher always said I was progressing quite well. Here are the pieces I learned:
Moonlight Sonata, first mvt. - after 3 months of piano classes. Took me one month to learn this one.
Fur Elise - after 5 months. Took me 2 months to learn.
Funeral march (the one from Chopin's sonata) - after 7 months. took me 1 month to learn.
Chopin's nocturne no. 2 - 1 month to learn
nocturne no. 1 - 2 months to learn
nocturne no. 7 - 3 months
nocturne no. 20 - a little less than a month.
Polonaise op. 40 no. 2 - 4 and a half months.
Beethoven pathetique sonata, first movement - 6 and a half months.

I don't know if I am progressing in an adequate level, I think some pieces take me even longer to complete, because I have this obsession of not moving on to the next bar until I get the current bar in a correct tempo (usually Claudio Arrau's recordings are my reference).
As I progressed in college, unfortunately I started having less and less time to practice.

So given my background, do you think I would be able to play Chopin's Ballade no. 1? Which is the most difficult part in this piece? Maybe I should try learning this difficult part to see if I can manage this piece?
How difficult is it compared to the Polonaise Heroic, Scherzo no. 2 and the barcarolle?

Sorry for the long post!
Thank you very much!!

xx Chopin Ballade No. 1
September 17, 2008, 07:36:09 PM by mkaykov


xx Video:Chopin Ballade No.1
July 10, 2008, 01:16:19 AM by yw1935


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