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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 f minor ballade
November 12, 2003, 07:26:27 PM by schubertina

I'm tackling Chopin's F minor Ballade currently, Op. 52 I believe, and I'm not sure whether to hold down the octaves making up the melodic line in the opening or just hold down the soprano line.  If I took the score literally, I would be keeping both my pinky and thumb down and this would seriously obstruct the flowy effect I'd like to achieve.  The bottom g of the g octave, for instance, in the first measure is both a sixteenth note and eighth note--technically I'm supposed to keep it down for an eighth but it somehow seems too awkward.  Suggestions please?

xx Chopin: Ballade 4
February 09, 2004, 03:18:54 PM by Matthias

Has anyone got an idea how fast the 4th ballade should be played.

xx Chopin's 4th Ballade
May 22, 2004, 09:03:18 PM by etuden88

heyhey...I've been working on this ballade for almost a year now and am starting to work on the more intricate aspects of the piece (in addition to my constant efforts to perfect my performance of the coda :-/). I was wondering if anyone would like to share their own experiences in working this gorgeous piece...also, does anyone happen to know the literary inspiration Chopin had when composing this piece? Or any of the other ballades?


xx Chopin Ballade Confusion
July 30, 2004, 05:07:31 AM by in_love_with_liszt

Hmmm my theory teacher told me that Chopin's fourth Ballade was like one of the most difficult pieces ever, and is regarded by many pianists as "The Beast." There was a recent thread that said the second was the hardest...and funny because good 'ol theory told me that and the third were the two easiest...although the fourth is my favorite, I had just concidered playing this as a side study...but if he is indeed correct it may require a more...substantial commitment.

xx help with Ballade No. 4 Op 43 in f minor by Chopin
August 21, 2004, 08:22:36 PM by andyng85

Hi I was just wondering should the left hand dooted rhythm align with the right hand?  Cuz my urtext score says otherwise.  This one is from sheetmusicarchive.

Also, does anyone know where i can download chopin etude from the internet? (Shh)  KaZaA only has a few Sad

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?

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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.


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