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Chopin: Etude Op. 10 No. 1 in C Major

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Frédéric Chopin - Etudes :
Etude, Op. 10 No. 1
Etude Op. 10 No. 1  in C Major by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: C Major Year: 1832
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (589 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (1148 kB)

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xx In new old out video-Chopin op10-1 waterfall
April 19, 2012, 05:23:07 PM by johnmar78

Folks, this is my 2nd attemp tonight. And a improved version of my last take a months ago. Compare it and tell me if its true Wink

This is the result of metronome Grin


Old-  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRgnqJQwrPc&feature=relmfu

All feedbacks are welcome as I tried to improve further,.,


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 Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 1
February 23, 2011, 05:39:12 PM by utterlysneaky

Ok this is an old recording of mine, in the sense that I recorded it onto my clavinova in 2005 if I remember correctly, and I wanted to make an mp3 out of it now to see what it sounds like.
This etude is allways a work under progress for me, so any constructive critiscism is welcome.
One thing I've allways tried to do with this etude is to make music out of it, not simply just play high speed arpeggios, so I'm aware my playing is not exactly following score. I'm contemplating playing this at a church recital due in two months here where I live, but I just don't know if I can get it back in shape until then, haven't touched this etude since last summer now..But all in all this was the second piece I started learning 16 years ago(call me crazy), so it's kinda "my etude" Smiley Maybe I should just start practising again....

xx Which to choose?
February 02, 2011, 03:07:55 PM by jy_

I auditioned for both the birmingham conservatory and the Royal Northern College of Music and have been offered places for both schools... (Guaranteed conditional for RNCM because i sent a recording)

Does anyone here have any idea which school is better/would provide me a better music education (In terms of practical and theory lessons)? What are the courses like? How about their Principal Study Teachers (I'm majoring in Piano)?

How good is RNCM when compared to the other royal schools such as RCM, RAM, Royal Scottish and Royal Welsh?

My audition pieces were

Chopin Etude Op.10 No.1
Bach Prelude and fugue in C# Major (Bk 1) and
Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D Minor.

I was quite surprised (And glad!) to receive their offers , because i made some mistakes in the Busoni (I slipped in the fast scales - not together), and the ending (piu mosso) was a bit muddy.

question Chopin's Etude Op.10 no.1 or Liszt's Un Sospiro?
January 19, 2011, 12:31:01 PM by paulturtle92

I've been studying Chopin's "waterfall" etude for about half a year now, but still miss many notes (around 1 in 10!!) when playing them at the actual speed. As for Un Sospiro, I've been playing for a month, and can get through about half of the etude without mistakes.  If I'm lucky, of course.  Cry

So, basically what I would like to know is which one is better for an intermediate amateur?  I'd like to pick just one for studying purposes, as I haven't got enough time for both. ><

Any suggestions would be helpful, thanks!

On an unrelated note, what do you guys think about Haydn's Piano Sonata, H. XVI?

xx Chopin op. 10.1 - fingering
August 01, 2010, 08:36:01 AM by extroitus

This difficult bar is dangerous to my fourth finger. How should I avoid getting hurt? Is the fingering 12421242124... something to consider instead?

xx (VIDEO) Chopin Etude op.10 no.1
May 29, 2010, 04:07:27 PM by dannyjun

Live 3rd March 2010, Kromeriz, Czech Republic, Petrof piano

Comments will be welcome  Smiley

xx Chopin Etude No. 1 Op. 10
August 21, 2009, 08:03:20 PM by ovc

sorry. i just don't want to show my face.


xx Etude no. 1 from Opus 10 - Chopin
June 21, 2009, 04:17:59 AM by scottical

This etude is just...nevermind. 

I can play through at a slow tempo, but bringing it up to speed has been an enormous challenge.  It becomes quite difficult to maintain a flexible wrist, especially during the middle section where the hand is put into a variety of excruciating contortions.  I am confident that I can tackle a study of this magnitude, but getting there will not spare any bumps.  I would like to have learned the entire Opus 10 set by the end of this year, and I thought I might as well finish off the supposedly "harder" etudes first.  So, any suggestions for working with this monster?

xx Chopin and Beethoven - good companions in concert?
December 23, 2008, 05:48:12 AM by bachobev

Hi guys, i just want your opinion on this. There's a talent show coming up and I'd like to play 2 pieces for a total length of about 10 min.

Do you think Chopin Etude 10 no 1 and Beethoven Moonlight's 3rd movement would go well together ? one thing that bugs me is that they are both very fast. Perhaps having a "relaxed" tempo piece with either of these two is more convenient?


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 My YouTube Piano Contest Video (Chopin 10/1 and Debussy Arabesque 1)
April 27, 2008, 11:47:22 AM by violinist

Hello friends,

My video is on the website and links to the other pianists entering this amateur competition on YouTube - Van Cliburn

It's not too late to enter, the deadline is April 30, 2008 - where's your vid?

We all get a chance to vote (details on web page).

xx Full speed Chopin 10/1 etude [[Newest Video: March 9]]
February 28, 2008, 09:07:46 PM by violinist

I'm a piano God (well.... not yet):

FIRST ATTEMPT in Feb 2008 (see other attempts below)

(mainly just sound, digital picture of my violin stand, painted cello, and end of my piano).

Seriously, I'm just kidding about the piano God thing.  It's more like G-aweful.

Well, I wanted to celebrate by recording this, I just learned all the notes (well at least I can read them off the page now) of the Chopin 10/1 Etude.

It got very G-aweful towards the end - sorry, I learned it from beginning to end.

I do need comments because I intend to improve !

I included a video that now shows my hands (I suspended the camera on my violin music stand).  And now I can play it a bit faster and the end isn't as messed up.

(this is try #2 of Chopin Etude Op. 10, No. 1 recorded 10pm March 1, 2008).  Comments?
Now this is a little faster and I put the camera further back.  It is still suspended on the music stand.

(this is try #3 of Chopin Etude Op. 10, No. 1 recorded midnight March 7, 2008).  Getting faster...

UPDATE (March 9, 2008) Full speed with wrong notes here and there


Metronome 176 Smiley

xx Those ov you who love chopins op 10 . 1
August 18, 2007, 05:34:26 PM by zheer

  Here is a fairly cool interpretation.What are your thoughts.


xx F. Chopin: Etude op. 10 no. 1 in C major
July 31, 2007, 11:05:46 AM by prongated


And attached is one of the better takes...

This is something I learned and played a few years ago. I started practising this again a few days ago and recorded it last night, supposedly for a competition audition cd. In any case, it didn't turn out good >< [and obviously I didn't put it in the cd]

...is it lack of practise? Or am I doing something wrong? I did no less than 5 takes and my RH wrist was busted. HELP!

xx Chopin op. 10,1 Which handspan is required?
June 03, 2007, 02:49:56 PM by pianowolfi

I ask myself this because I try to figure out which is the minimal handspan that is necessary. I try to keep my hand as closed as possible. Have your say Smiley

xx two page chopin etude opus 10 #1
May 14, 2007, 12:15:03 AM by pianistimo

ok.  i thought i had three - but everytime i went to record - i messed up on page 3. 

xx measure 33 in opus10#1
May 09, 2007, 08:47:41 PM by pianistimo

this is a tied note, right?  tied to the next measure (measure 34?)   just making sure.  it seemed like 'the odd one out.' 

xx Chopin etude op 10 no 1
March 14, 2007, 10:52:23 PM by fnork

op 10 no 1

I'm playing this, Ondine and a Beethoven sonata on an audition on Friday. I'm also sending these recordings for various summer courses. Comments are appreciated.

BTW, the battery on my MP3-player was almost at zero and I could only do one take, so I ended up playing very fast to make sure that I got the whole piece recorded  Grin I usually play it more accurately...

xx Questions in two Chopin scores
February 15, 2007, 10:24:41 PM by aaron_ginn

Generally, I can read music, but I'm a little confused by a couple of things in two Chopin scores I've been playing around with.  First, in the Op. 10 No. 1 Etude in C, the very first measure contains a left-hand octave in C held for eight beats; however, the first note in the right hand is the 1/16 note played on the same note after a 1/16 rest.  How do you play that C in the RH if you're already holding it in the LH?  Is it simply written so that your hand starts out playing the full C arpeggio?  Is it not actually audible in the RH?  I don't get it.

My next question concerns the Op. 64 No. 2 Waltz in C# minor.  In measure three in the RH, there are two accidentals on the F, first a natural followed immediately by a sharp.  What does this mean, and which of the two takes precedence here?  In the previous measure, F has a double-sharp.  Is the natural there simply to cancel out the double sharp and make sure I don't interpret it as a triple-sharp?  That seems unnecessary as an accidental only is in effect for a single measure.


xx Chopin Etude no. 1 op. 10 - slowly
February 15, 2007, 08:39:03 PM by reaper978

Been working on this piece for about 3 or 4 months now.  Keep in mind that I've only been playing the piano for a year and a half.

xx Chopin op.10 no.1 (VIDEO)
January 23, 2007, 09:49:21 PM by hakki

Hi all,

I am new and this is my first post.

Please comment on my playing this etude.


P.S.  A better quality mp3 file is attached also.



xx Chopin Etude Op.10 No.1 (work in progress, different versions)
December 02, 2006, 02:39:11 PM by aryreisin

Hi, this is the first time I record anything, I recorded more pieces but it's a bit of a problem to post them here, I could give you the link to where I have posted but as it's against the rules you could ask via Pm or mail.

Have only been working on articulation. Listen to version B and C in this regard.

Version D and E have pedal and some interpretation but that hasn't been worked on much. Really not much at all.
The piano is a Yamaha C5 (not mine, I wish).


xx Playing Chopin's etude 10/1 without tension
November 28, 2006, 05:37:44 PM by celticqt

Think I had a bit of a breakthrough today......I was having trouble getting this etude anywhere near up to speed.  I knew it was a tension thing, and kept trying to relax my hand/wrist.  Well, this morning I slowed it down and actually paid attention to where the tension was building up.

It was in my upper arm!  The muscle behind, going up from my elbow to my shoulder.  I consciously tried to relax that, and my tempo went whooosh! way up!  So I got excited and played the 10/10 etude, focusing on relaxing that same muscle, and that got much easier also. 

Is this a normal place for tension to build?  I always thought it would be further down the arm.  Guess I should have started listening to my body sooner.

smiley Chopin Etude 10/1
September 28, 2006, 04:51:32 PM by doxy

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