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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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thumbup Chopin Ballade in G minor
September 01, 2002, 01:22:29 AM by ayahav

I started playing Chopin's first ballade two weeks ago. I had hardly any problems sight-reading the piece satisfactorily up until the coda. I need some advice on tackling the coda.

Amit Roll Eyes

xx Ballade op 23No.1 Chopin
October 06, 2002, 12:39:53 PM by ben19rach

Hi! i am need some advice about pedaling chopin's ballade in g minor of the first 6 measures!!!!!!!!! Roll Eyes

xx Chopin Ballade in g minor op.23
May 18, 2003, 09:23:50 PM by Davek

hi Smiley i need any pointers or advice about this piece, and when you studied it did it take a long time. because right now i can play the first 5 pages well but not quite up to speed in the fast spots but its getting there, and i was wondering whether this is normal or am i just bad.? Cry    all comments welcome ! Grin

xx Chopin's first Ballade
December 25, 2003, 07:50:26 AM by chopiabin

I really love this piece, and I was wondering if anyone knows how much experience is needed to pull it off. It seems to me that the hardest part would be memorizing it. Has anyone played it? How long did it take before you were able to play it through relatively well?


xx Pianist's decision to modify Chopin (1st ballade)
July 30, 2004, 07:19:32 AM by argerich_smitten

I have been listening to the 4 chopin ballades on 'repeat' recently, and I find that I always get really angry at the end of the first ballade.  I think the entire piece until the end is so well put together, then at the end, there are these ridiculous ups and downs, dragging the audience emotionally all over the place (it also feels 'jerky' because it sounds like it ends and starts up again un-expectedly).  Anyway, I was going to do something forbidden and make a cut in the last page, probably ending on the chords after the first scale run (although then it doesn't have the powerful ending like it is supposed to).  I was just curious if
1.  anyone else feels this annoyance at the end of the first ballade
2.  what  you think of making a modification to a chopin piece, and if you had to make one to the first ballade, where would you make it
3.  are there are any chopin pieces that you feel allowed to alter

xx Chopin Ballade No. 1 in Gmin
August 25, 2004, 04:03:22 AM by shhpf

I have started to learn this piece, and over time I want to be able to play the whole thing, but I would really appreciate any advice that you guys can offer as to how to tackle this song, particularly the part right before the first "Meno Mosso" and the last two pages. In general though I'd appreaciate any tips on playing it or practicing it. Thank you.

xx Chopin Ballade Op23 runs
November 03, 2004, 06:02:28 AM by CC

I believe there were discussions on the fingerings of the 2 hand runs at the end of this ballade.  I've lost track of them.  Could someone provide some links? Thx.

xx Chopin's Ballade in g minor
March 05, 2005, 05:47:06 PM by amyesler

I'm working on Chopin's Ballade in g minor and am having difficulty with the last section. If you've worked on the piece, you'll know which one I mean - the last wild section with ascending and descending broken chords. Any tips on how to attain the highest level of speed and clarity in this section in particular? Any rubato suggested?

xx ballade-chopin
March 11, 2005, 06:40:38 PM by ponecorleone

how hard is the ballade in g minor to learn, compared to etudes 1 /4 //12

xx Chopin g minor ballade
March 15, 2005, 02:48:02 PM by pianoboi666

hello all.  I will be starting the Chopin g minor ballade Undecided I'm not sure how to go about starting it as it is an extremely challenging but beautiful piece.  I would like to hear any suggestions and words of wisdom that anybody may have for me.  thanks in advance for all your help.


xx Ballad#1 or Scherzo#2
March 16, 2005, 08:34:44 PM by pianodude

My teacher told me to play Ballad#1, because, according to her it is easier than Scherzo#2. Is this true?

My teacher likes to teach only pieces that she had played. Otherwise, she is very hesitant.

To me Ballad#1 seems harder to read and demands many more techniques. In addition, I love the sound of Scherzo#2.

Could any of you who had played or tried these two pieces give comment on the level of difficulty of these two pieces.

Thanks in advance. Kiss

xx Chopin G minor Ballade No.1
March 22, 2005, 03:24:30 AM by Aspiring Romantic

Hi, I just recently played the Chopin Scherzo Op.31 and won a state competition in it.  I am currently working on the Grieg Concerto and Chopin Polonaise 0p.53.  I was wondering if the Chopin G minor Ballade is harder than the scherzo and how much harder. 

xx Chopin's g minor Ballade - oh again!
March 30, 2005, 04:45:18 AM by dinosaurtales

 Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue

OK I guess I need moral support or something.  I have been working on this for a while, and for some reason I am having the most trouble with the FIRST PAGE - that's right - the main theme.

I know how I want the "big" phrases to grow and shrink, and how I want the melodic line to come out, and how I want the bass to come out - but just a little less, and how I want the chord to be even less, and the pedalling.  BUT I CAN'T seem to be able to make myself do it - at least not all of those at the same time.  I swear it's like learning a golf swing - anybody else know what I mean?

xx Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor
June 27, 2005, 02:59:22 PM by brodypianist

Im learning this piece now, and is it just me or is it and Hungarian Rhapsody 2 two of the most awesom pieces around.
Ich bin, ich war Pianist

xx Chopin Ballade Op.23 No.1
July 28, 2005, 12:44:47 PM by RealPianist

what is it chopin 1st ballade is all about?
any background history, oor other information, please??

any suggestion appreciated

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