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Chopin: Ballade 3 Op. 47 in A-flat Major

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Frédéric Chopin - Ballades :
Ballade 3, Op. 47
Ballade 3 Op. 47  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: A-flat Major Year: 1841
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (246 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (2303 kB)

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xx Chopin Ballade No 3
January 09, 2011, 02:19:13 PM by can

I hope you like it. I made some mistakes especially one in the beginning and one in the end - actually many more during the performance. Sorry for these. I know studying Ballades never ends, there is always something to learn. It's been 7 months that I learned this ballade and I know there is much to do. I'm looking forward to your comments.

xx Chopin Ballade no.3 A flat major op. 47
August 04, 2010, 12:09:43 PM by ermintkalec

there is record of me playing te third ballade of Chopin. This was last summer.  The piano was Yamaha.

I would be grateful if you would tell what do you think.

xx Chopin Ballade No 3
June 27, 2010, 05:29:25 AM by arielpiano

Took quite a bit of work before my teacher thought this Ballade was ready to perform in public. Here is its first public performance, two weeks ago:

What do you guys think?

xx Chopin's Scherzo No.2 or Ballade No.3
July 10, 2009, 09:06:51 PM by pocho

I need some help trying to choose between these 2. I wish I could play both, but I can only learn one. Which do you guys think I should pick?

xx chopin ballade no.3 main theme
December 09, 2008, 09:38:55 PM by imbetter

I was recently assigned this piece. On almost every recording of this piece I've heard the pianist either plays this theme in a slow lyrical romantic way or a lively "scherzoish" way. For those of you that have played this piece how do you play this theme and why?

xx Need background of Chopin's Ballade No. 3
October 01, 2008, 12:30:36 PM by eminemvsrach

Hello everyone!

I'm a newbie of these forums, I'm 14 years old and I've studied piano for over 5 years. currently I just began to learn Chopin's 3rd ballade. If anyone can tell me about the background of this piece or the literature work that it's related to it, that would be a great help. I'm gonna perform in a school concert on November so I have lots of time to practice and get a feel of what the music is about.

I'm looking forward to fellow pianists who are willing to help!

xx Chopin's Ballade 3 performance practice
December 24, 2007, 05:52:50 AM by desordre

 Hi there!
 I plan to study this piece soon, and it's a challenge to myself. Although I guess I can handle almost everything, there are some tricky passages (to the end) that I'm not sure about.
 What do you folks think? Any hints, or suggestions to organize my daily practice?
 Thanks in advance!
 Best wishes, and Merry Christmas!

xx Live performance- Chopin's 3rd Ballade
June 22, 2007, 09:01:16 PM by joeplaysthepiano

This is from my first ever full recital.  I hope you enjoy.  You can criticize it if you like, but I'm not going to be touching this piece again for a while, so...  Enjoy!

xx Chopin Ballade no.3
November 17, 2006, 11:02:23 PM by failed

i recorded the ballade today. in this camera position the sound quality is best. better you don't look at my face Wink
in some parts it sounds a little bit slow i think... but

what do you think about it?


xx Chopin Ballade 3
October 06, 2006, 12:51:40 AM by acha114

I am currently learning this beautiful piece.

The first 4 or so pages are relatively straightforward. However there are some places where I have difficulty.

- How do I get the trills as smooth and seemless as possible? Often they are uneven, or don't sound properly

Secondly, how do you play this left hand passage without the hand tiring? The big jump between notes is pretty hard. I use 5-3-1-3 fingering in the lefthand here.

Lastly I have this passage learned in terms of hitting the right notes, but how do you achieve the mezza voce that is required in this passage? Is it for the left hand, the right hand or both?

Also which passage in this piece is considered the most difficult?

xx Chopin ballade no.3
October 06, 2006, 12:42:04 AM by thierry13

I'd like to play it and maybe do it as a Chopin for the competition as I'm not sure of the Chopin I want to play for the competition ... Do you think that piece is overplayed, played often but it's okay or w/e ?? Cause I didn't hear it played that much ...

xx Chopin - Ballade no. 3, Op. 47
September 08, 2006, 12:28:56 AM by lmpianist

Comments and criticism are welcome:

xx Ballade No3 - Compare
August 13, 2006, 08:54:05 AM by franz_

I searched on Youtube, and found couples of different ballades No3. I'm currently playing this Ballade, but have sum questions (tempo, color,...) Which version is a good one to base on?

Krystian Zimermann






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xx 3rd ballade tempo
August 10, 2006, 10:33:51 PM by paris


i'm currently working on this ballade and i'd like to hear your opinions about tempo, in fact changing tempos. i tend to start quite slow, but i'm a bit confused because there are no markings by chopin and i was taught not to change tempos much. now i listened few recordings, zimerman, ashkenazy and overall very nice performances but they both play some parts too fast. since my teacher is on vacation i can't ask her and i'm curios..what are your opinions about it?

xx Chopin 3d Ballade fingering question
August 10, 2006, 09:27:53 PM by franz_

Hi, I would like to now what you suggest in bars 164-165 in the LH.
It doesn't really work to me.

xx Chopin 3d Ballade fingering question
July 17, 2006, 09:25:52 PM by franz_

I don't now the bar or page exactly, but after a while you have in the left hand A# B B˛ B B˛ B B˛ A# B .... with the melody in the right hand.
What fingers do you use for this. This repeats a lot but with other notes.
Any of you played this ballade and has some advice for me?
Thanks a lot

xx Story of Chopin: ballade in A-flat major?
April 29, 2006, 04:16:50 PM by finn magnus

Robert Schumann said he thought the ballades of Chopin was inspired by some poems of Mickiewicz.

The Ballade no.3 is based on the poem "Undine". Does anyone knows the story of it?
I read that in the Cortot edition of the ballades, it is written something about the poems. Do you have this edition?

Maybe you know the story of the other ballades to?  Smiley

xx Chopin Ballade No. 1 or No. 3
September 18, 2005, 08:22:41 AM by debussyfan

Hi, I was which Ballade, 1 or 3, do you prefer more. I love both of these Ballades but I only have the time to learn one and I do not know which one to choose. They are both excellent in their own ways: the first-mysterious, meloncholy, foreboding and the third-joyous, lovely. I was just wondering which one you would like to learn.

xx Chopin's Ballade No.3 As-dur
November 16, 2004, 10:29:10 AM by Sydney

Which way do you play the ornaments of Ballade No.3 Bar 116 to 122. I myself like to hit the ornaments before the LH enters...I hit the LH exactly same timing of the RH first note after the ornaments. Thus I start to count the beat from there.
Some people strongly believe that the first note of the ornaments should be hit with the LH note...
Same as the final section Bar 231 and 233. I do hit the RH C with the same timing of LH As(octave). 

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