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Chopin: Ballade 2 Op. 38 in F Major

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Frédéric Chopin - Ballades :
Ballade 2, Op. 38
Ballade 2 Op. 38  in F Major by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: F Major Year: 1839
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (185 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (1921 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Autograph manuscript (3738 kB)

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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 2 in F major Op 38
March 02, 2011, 03:56:39 PM by lelle

Hello everyone! I started examining this ballade on my own during December mostly to see if it was something I might be able to handle (this has always been my favourite ballade), then I got serious about learning it and started to work on it with my teacher in January.

It's probably one of the most difficult pieces I've learned so far, both from a technical and interpretative standpoint. It's awesomely fun to play but far from perfect! My goal is of course to get this to performance standard, and even though the vast amount of talent displayed by other posters here is humbling, I'm hoping I could get some feedback on what's good and bad, how I should continue to work on this piece, etc.

Thanks Cheesy

xx Chopin Ballade 2 corrected
July 18, 2010, 01:13:42 PM by slow_concert_pianist

Well as with number 3.....what I mean by corrected is not "perfect", but a lot better than the last presentation. And this is!!!! Cool The "nit pickers" will find plenty of faults, but it is really only the molto cresc of the agitato that rather goes off the rails.


xx Chopin Ballade 2 [VIDEO]
May 24, 2010, 12:39:38 AM by orangesodaking

This is my performance of Chopin's second ballade in a master class taught by Dr. Paul Barnes. The acoustics of the hall and sound of the piano may not be the best, but the visual quality is great! I love this piece, but the last two pages are very, very difficult. Feedback is welcomed if you'd like to leave some.

Now that I think about it, the first two pages are super difficult, too.

xx Chopin's second ballade
March 08, 2009, 11:58:58 PM by acp56

I have played a fair amount of Chopin, including some of his more difficult pieces.  I recently began to work on the second ballade, and after feeling proud for working through the first two pages, realized there were six more. It was very intimidating.  I decided this would be my first ballade to learn, but didn't realize the commitment it would take.  What are some strategies for tackling this piece?  How long should I be preparing to spend on it?
I would appreciate any comments or suggestions.  My real goal in beginning this thread was to deal with my intimidation.  Thank you. 

exclamation Chopin: Etudes Op. 10 No. 1, 2, 4 & Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op 38 - LIVE
June 15, 2008, 07:48:29 PM by le_poete_mourant

Hey everybody -- these are a few Chopin recordings from my high school senior recital a couple weeks ago. 

Chopin Etudes Op. 10
No. 1 in C major
No. 2 in A minor
No. 4 in C# minor

Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Live & unedited - Kilbourn Hall, Rochester NY.  June 1 2008. 

xx Chopin ballade No2,op.38
August 26, 2007, 07:02:43 PM by s1d1f1

I just got ballade in F major,how should I start practising this piece,I have to work very fast...and efective...

xx Chopin Ballade in F Major, Op. 38
June 27, 2006, 03:50:06 AM by jlh

I flubbed at the end...  don't know exactly what happened, but I suspect fatigue.  I've performed this other times and made it through the coda with no problems, but it got the best of me this time.  I guess this is what I get for playing the Prokofiev Toccata in the same recital right before this...  Wink

This is also from my senior recital in 2005.

Comments/suggestions always welcome!


xx Chopin - Ballade in F major, Op. 38
April 29, 2006, 02:37:09 AM by cherub_rocker1979

Feel free to post comments.

xx [Video] Chopin - Ballade in F major, Op. 38
April 27, 2006, 10:14:15 PM by cherub_rocker1979

Ben Nham, piano


xx Chopin 2nd Ballade
January 27, 2006, 07:17:53 AM by dancingfingers

This piece never gets enough press in comparison to its sisters! I'm playing it now, and it's a brilliant work full of tenderness, virtuosity, and intriguing harmonies. Definitely worthy of its own thread.

That said, I've hit a bit of a wall with some of the technique in the presto-- specifically, the ascending contrary motion passages on the various diminished seventh chords. Surprisingly, I find these passages more challenging than the coda. How to coordinate the two hands? How to keep the right hand accurate (and preserve the crescendo) without getting fatigued? Help appreciated.

xx A piece to be performed
October 16, 2005, 11:51:39 PM by messiah

I'm recently choosing which piece I should play for a performance. Do you think Chopin's 2nd Ballade Op.38 is a good piece? And what about Schumann's Abegg Variations Op.1? I'm choosing to play one of these two songs, could someone give me a suggestion?

xx Chopin's Ballade No.2: musical direction?
June 23, 2005, 01:12:54 PM by kellentia

Hello! I've been learning Chopin's Ballade No.2 in F major for quite some time.....started learning in January and memorised it by end of April. Now I'm working on getting out the musical aspect and still struggling with some technical parts. The thing is, i know how it should sound like, yet, i still can't produce that sound if u get what i mean. Like, I can't bring out the music, the expression etc properly no matter how much i try. And I get really frustrated coz the direction doesn't come and the music i produce doesn't sound like how i want it to. Is there anything i can do to make myself more musical or something, so that i can play the piece properly?

Also, i can't seem to play the coda at a really fast speed. My fingers tend to get out of control and the notes don't come out properly. Instead, with the pedal, it becomes one whole blur sound......not articulate. And my hands get tired by the time when it gets to the climax so the climax sounds really weak. How can I practice to improve my stamina? I need to master this piece latest by mid August.

And another problem is that i have sweaty palms especially when its cold so my fingers tend to slip of the keys, especially when I play large and fast chords. Is it possible to rectify this situation?

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