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Chopin: Ballade 4 Op. 52 in F Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Ballades :
Ballade 4, Op. 52
Ballade 4 Op. 52  in F Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: F Minor Year: 1842
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (328 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (3051 kB)

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xx Chopin's Fourth Ballade Sheet Music
May 21, 2011, 04:55:18 AM by spencervirt


This is my first time posting here. My name is Spencer, i'm a Junior in high school. Pleased to meet you all!

This summer I plan to begin work on Chopin's Fourth Ballade in F minor for use in college admissions (it is also my all time favorite piece of music).

Due to financial problems, I can't afford to buy myself many piano lessons this summer. I can probably manage two a month but that is still really hard on me.

I'm looking for a good single edition of the ballade that has good fingering. I'm reluctant to purchase what I normally do, the Henle Urtext, because i'm going to need a more complete fingering, especially for the coda. It wouldn't be a problem if I could ask my teacher on a regular basis, but I cant. Any suggestions?

It's kind of an odd proposition, but I would be willing to pay someone to finger it for me. Do you think I could find someone local who would do that? I'm not sure if my teacher would have the patience.

Thanks very much!

xx Chopin '.'
April 04, 2011, 06:02:59 AM by richterfan1

Hi People, i know this is kinda stupid and strange question,  Undecided but

Whats hARDER oP.10 nO.1, OR 4TH BALLADE  Grin Embarrassed Lips Sealed

xx How to play the tuplets (septuplets etc) in 4th Ballad Chopin
December 24, 2010, 11:18:17 AM by confuter

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows how I could practice playing the tuplets in the fourth ballade of Chopin starting from measure 152 (page 10 on the sheets from this website). Triplets are not the problem, but the septuplets, octuplets ? and those tuplets that consist of ten (honestly don't know the word for that) are. Is there a good way of learning to play those?

And is a sextuplet simply two triplets or should it be played differently?

And from the 158th measure the triplets suddenly don't have a '3' written below them anymore, are they still triplets? It appers so, but the 161th measure made me uncertain because there they have 1 triplet written with the '3' again, or is that just because the notes before those aren't a triplet?

xx Questions about some notes in Ballade 4 Chopin
December 23, 2010, 02:20:45 PM by confuter

It occurs to me that there are some errors in the fourth ballade of Chopin or maybe I'm just stupid, anyway I'd like to know why some notes are being canceled that were never flattened or sharpened. See for example (if you've got the sheets) the third line, fifth page, second meter. There are actually multiple canceled notes that do nothing. And the ballade is full of them, is this free for interpretation or just an error?
Another thing I don't understand is that there is a note at the 8th page, 2nd meter, that should be played by both hands. The same note! Why is that? There is only room for one finger! Wink

xx Another Program to Puruse
December 15, 2010, 01:56:47 AM by pianistcellist

I am putting together a recital program and because I always enjoy the interesting, witty, and sometimes rather ridiculous comments from this board I thought it would be fun to submit it. Thanks for looking and for you ideas!

Sonata in F minor K. 386
Sonata in C minor K. 11
Sonata in F minor K. 387

Andante and Variations Hob. XVII/6

Transcendental Etude no. 9 Ricordanza

Ballade no. 4 in F minor

Sonata no. 7 in B-flat Major

I am looking forward to playing this program. I think it is interesting and fun. The only problem that I can see with it right now is the large amount of F minor. Ideas?

xx final recital next summer (program)
September 13, 2010, 11:10:43 PM by thorn

I was supposed to learn this over the holidays though I've been a bit bad at focusing on just a few pieces. So now I'm in a bit of a bad place with term starting in a couple of weeks and I was supposed to have the pieces learned, nowhere near perfect just able to play through them comfortably. So my first question is how would people suggest I go about reaching this level over a short period of time? I am able to practise for a riduculously long time per day but don't see the point in just sitting there messing with them all of the time so any tips?

Secondly, my teacher was really vague with what she asked for: a Classical sonata= fine, a modern piece= fine then she said something "beautiful", which is really vague and I've been having trouble deciding and sticking to this third requirement.

So far, my program is this:

Beethoven: Sonata op 57
Ligeti: Automne a Varsovie

For the 'beautiful' piece, I chose Chopin Ballade 4, but I recently realised that although I would easily be able to pull it off by next May, I probably won't get that high mark for it as it's a really difficult piece to please anyone with. So I've been looking at the Szymanowsky Metopes instead.

So, which Metope do people think would be the best to put in there? Or would it be wiser to stick with the Ballade or at least play it to my teacher and see if she agrees with my views on it or thinks it will be alright?

With the Metopes, I'm thinking Nausicaa would be the best contrast but it is in my view the most difficult of the three. Isle of the Sirens definitely fits "beautiful", but it's pretty similar to Ondine which I played last year. Calypso is the same kind of mood as the Beethoven and the Ligeti so I don't think it would be THAT much of a contrast.


xx Chopin 4th Ballade
January 07, 2009, 08:46:46 PM by pianomx

Hi guys, so I wanna show my playing of Chopin's f-moll Ballade. I hope you will like it. I'm still searching for better tone quality and technical accuracy. Naturally comments are welcome Smiley

grin Chopin Ballade Nr. 4
October 03, 2008, 07:25:13 PM by alialvarez

Hey, this is my first post in this forums. This my latest recording of Chopin's 4th Ballade. It was made with a Sharp MD, so the quality is a little bit watery, so is not my excess of pedal (or maybe it is?  Smiley) Anyway, any comments are welcome. Be nice though  Tongue

xx Re: Top 5 Best Piano Songs of All Time
September 24, 2008, 12:37:03 AM by michel dvorsky

Bach - Goldberg Variations
Schubert - Wanderer Fantasie
Chopin - Ballade 4
Liszt - Sonata
Alkan - Festin D'Esope
Scriabin - Sonata 5

xx Appasionata and Ballade No.4
September 03, 2008, 09:46:18 PM by chopianist123

In your opinion does the Appasionata Sonata by Beethoven or the Ballade No.4 by Chopin express more inner emotions when being played ?

xx .
June 19, 2008, 04:29:09 AM by m


xx Recordings with my brand new SAMSON C01U Mic (Rach, Chop, Beet)
April 21, 2008, 04:17:11 PM by hummel

I've just recorded Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G Sharp Minor with my new mic on the recently tuned piano at my parents'. In addition, I recorded some snipplets of Appassionata and Chopin Ballad #4 and so I am curious about whether you think that I've improved my playing since my concert I gave in Spring 2007 (see http://www.youtube.com/user/hummelalkan).

(Please forgive me the occasional mistakes and the background noise)

Thank you and all the best,

xx Hammerklavier vs. Ballade No. 4 vs. Rach 3
January 04, 2008, 11:10:47 PM by pmz310

I want you opinion on whihc is harder out of the 3

xx Chopin Ballade in F minor
August 21, 2007, 05:27:35 AM by pizno

What is your favorite recording of the Chopin F minor Ballade?  I have Andrewevski, Horowitz, Perriah, and Zimmerman.  Zimmerman is my favorite of these.


xx Ballade no. 4 in f minor first 4 min
June 26, 2007, 11:26:15 PM by andyng851

My friend only had enough memory for the first 4 min of the piece.  Sorry.  Feel free to comment on youtube..



xx Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F minor Op. 52
May 25, 2007, 01:59:41 AM by jlh

Ok, I've got 2.5 weeks to get this to performance quality...

There are a few spots I screwed up on this recording, and I'm still working on getting the coda fluent.  I would love suggestions!

Sorry for the poor audio quality... wish I had a better mic!!  It has a hard time with dynamics (and so do I sometimes).


xx Chopin Ballade No. 4
May 21, 2007, 07:08:09 AM by pianalytical

I don't know if this is the right place to post this question, but...

I have both the Paderewski (Dover) and Peters Edition of this Ballade (no. 4). When I compare them, bars 72-73 are quite different. The notes in the back of the Paderewski Edition suggests that "the most generally accepted version" is not the version they actually use, but the version that happens to be in the Peters Edition.

What version should I use?

Also, as a general rule, do most pianists use Paderewski or Peters or some other edition for Chopin?


xx chopin ballade f minor op 52
November 28, 2006, 11:23:48 PM by _chops

How good (I mean fantastic) does one be to play it??! Give me examples of repertoire..!


xx Re: Music that has brought tears to your eyes
September 16, 2006, 04:42:19 AM by canardroti

Chopin Ballade 1, 4.
Yann Tiersen : Most of his works, even though they might all sound similar to each other :-p.

xx Chopin- Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
July 16, 2005, 05:34:13 AM by steinwayguy

Since for some reason I can't stick two files in the same post if they, together, are over 12M...what?

Anyway. Be candor in your comments, thanks.

xx Chopin Ballade no4
July 15, 2005, 01:12:02 PM by nipohc

don't get too excited Roll Eyes...this is just the last crazy section of the piece, Smiley couldn't fit the whole thing on Sad please comment, my teacher's away Cry

thanks  Grin

xx Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in f minor
April 17, 2005, 08:42:54 PM by ayahav

I am looking for programme notes about this work. I know that it is based on a poem by the same poet who wrote Pan Tadeusz (the basis of the G minor Ballade) - whose name I cannot seem to recall at the moment. Anyone have any other piquant cacts?

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