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Chopin: Etude Op. 10 No. 12 in C Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Etudes :
Etude, Op. 10 No. 12
Etude Op. 10 No. 12  in C Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: C Minor Year: 1832
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (612 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (1215 kB)

A war cry at the piano

The Revolutionary Etude, an intense, tempestuous work that sounds like a chaotic battle, is the twelfth and last piece in Chopin's first set of Etudes. It was written in 1831 at about the same time as the November Uprising, Poland's failed revolt against Russia. As this etude's alternative title suggests, Chopin seems to have written it as a response to the Polish revolt, and he poured many of the emotions that he was feeling at the time into the work.

Until the time of Chopin and Liszt, etudes were written as educational exercises intended to focus on and improve technique, but the etudes written by these composers were intended as fully developed pieces intended for concert performances. Like most of Chopin’s Etudes, the Revolutionary is very difficult to play, but unlike most of the others, the difficulties are mainly in the left hand. A heroic, fanfare-like melody is played by the right hand while the left hand creates an impression of chaos and intensity by making continuous fast runs up and down the keyboard.

One of the more interesting aspects of the piece is its abrupt ending. It ends with a descending sweep in both hands that ends in a C major chord, supposedly brighter and more positive-sounding than the rest of the piece, which is in c minor. However, the arrival of this chord is so abrupt that the effect is anything but soothing. An unexpected touch to one of Chopin's more intense works, and possibly an allusion to the end of the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata op 111, which Chopin is known to have admired.

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xx Revolutionary Etude - least offensive cheat?
April 19, 2016, 01:12:55 PM by pjjslp

Just for fun, I picked my way through this for the first time last night. Even if I can't ever play it well, it seems like it may be fun to try.

Anyway, there is literally only one chord in the entire piece that my small hands will never be able to reach - measure 27, that Eb-F-A natural-D in the right hand. As I see it, there are three options for cheating: Leave out the Eb, leave out the F, or roll the entire chord. Which of these seems the least offensive?


xx Chopin's Revolutionary Etude in Octaves!
March 10, 2016, 09:12:31 PM by octave_revolutionary

It's Finally here! A recording of Chopin's Revolutionary Etude
in octaves!!

(at least entirely in octaves, with some thirds and sixths
thrown in)

on the Youtube channel extremepianochannel

.....plus Chopin's etude, op. 10,#2 in 60 seconds, and
possibly the loudest (and most violent!) performance
of the finale from Prokofiev's seventh Sonata

....and more. Only on EXTREMEPIANOCHANNEL
(written exactly like that, with no spacing between
the words)


xx Concert: Chopin's revolutionary etude vs. Rachmaninoff's Moment Musical no4
October 12, 2015, 07:32:40 PM by chopaninoff

Next year I'd like to Play on a concert but I can't decide wich one I should play and why? Both are interesting pieces and resemble each other. Do you know maybe other good concert pieces?

Thanks in advance!

xx Chopin: Etude Opus 10 no. 12 "Revolutionary Etude" [Video]
June 11, 2015, 07:33:02 AM by pianoworthy

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Any thoughts musically or things to improve? I'm self taught so it really helps. Thanks!

xx Chopin Revolutionary Etude Op. 10 no. 12: any tips and tricks?
August 06, 2014, 01:36:15 AM by magic_sonata

Hello, I recently took up the Revolutionary Etude and I discovered for it not too be too challenging. I need some advice on learning and interpreting this etude. All help is much appreciated.

Also, what is the level of this etude in comparison to other etudes? I was considering learning a different one, but this particular melody has always been a favorite of mine.


xx chopin revolutionary etude
July 03, 2014, 09:38:30 PM by johnnourya

Hello everyone
Im playing the piano for 2 years. I had started revolutionary etude and I finished 1 and half pages already in 160bpm speed. I've got some problem with legato in LH!! What should I do??? Should I practice it slower?? Any suggusted etudes before this etude?
By the way, is playing chopin etudes good after 2 years?
Here's some of pieces and books that I leaned:
Czerny op.299
Some of moszkowsky etudes
Chopin nocturnes op.9 no.1, nocturne in C-sharp minor, nocturn in C minor

xx Some advice needed for Chopin's Revolutionary Etude
March 04, 2014, 03:38:25 PM by gabeteoli

Hi there,
I am 18 years old and have been playing piano for about 9 years. I am right now working on Chopin's Revolutionary Etude. I have most of it memorized and have it about 2/3rds up to speed.
I am going to be performing this in May, so I'm pretty much just looking for some tips from those of you who have played this and similar caliber songs.

First off, What is the best way to practice to gain more endurance? Like I said, I can play this 2/3rds speed fine, but when I try to play this up to speed, my left arm will start to tense up about halfway through it.
I play hannon everyday; are there any other exercises that I should be doing to help me with speed and endurance?

Any other practicing tips  for this song? Any advise would be appreciated


xx Help with identifying chords in revolutionary Etude
February 03, 2014, 06:58:05 AM by theholygideons

Can someone please untie what on earth is happening with the harmony here for me please  Huh. Did the music just modulate several times, or is he using a whole bunch of chromatic notes. You can tell my music theory sucks...balls Grin

xx Revolutionary Etude - How to increase resistance?
June 27, 2013, 10:02:06 PM by jsen

Hello Smiley

I'm 17 and my question is about the Revolutionary Etude, Chopin. I have been studying this piece since a year ago.
One of the most big difficulties in this etude for me is the left hand (of course) but not the notes and velocity. My big problem is that in the middle of the piece, left hand and left arm starts to get very very tired and without strength, and the fingers start to block and sound and notes gets very dirty ... what's the problem?
I try to relax arm and wrist, my sitting and wrist position are good, so, how i can increase my resistance and my stamina? How I can relax more to play the entire piece with no tired arm?
I just watch Evgeny Kissin playing this and is never get tired (his interpretation is really amazing)!
just a note: I am thin, and my arm is thin, so this aspect decreases resistance? have strong pianists more resistance and stamina?

Thank you and sorry me bad english!

xx Video - Chopin Etude Op10 No12
April 13, 2012, 12:47:43 AM by danhuyle

It's that etude again.

Better than my other video if anyone remembers that one. It's a bit static and I can do some more with it. Speed is not an issue. It's more the interpretation, creating contrast and more layer of colors.

This comes down to the ability to interpret.

Any comments appreciated. Smiley

xx Chopin's Revolutionary Etude vs Scriabin's Etude Op 8, No 12
April 12, 2012, 09:43:54 AM by pytheamateur

Sometimes these two pieces are compared with each other.  Which do you think is harder to learn and play well?

xx Chopin - Etude Op 10, No. 12 in c minor
April 12, 2012, 08:25:17 AM by perfect_pitch


My piano teacher has asked me to learn this etude in order to 1) get me to really think about the pedalling, and 2) to ensure that clarity is kept in the left hand and to really keep the left hand accurate in playing.

I submit my recording of a Chopin Etude, I ask that if any of you have any advice, no matter how small, I would greatly appreciate it.

(And no, I didn't learn this simply because Costicina did - my teacher asked me to start learning this 3 weeks ago).

xx The Revolutionary is back!!!!!
April 11, 2012, 11:55:43 AM by costicina

Birba's passionate performances of Beethoven and Rachmaninov made me feel like playing something stormy, so I resumed the Revolutionary from the 'quarantine'.... In spite of the many flaws, it gave me satisfaction to play this piece again.
 Roll Eyes At least, the memory didn't fail me....

xx VIDEO: The Revolutionary, again… improved (?) version
January 22, 2012, 03:23:28 PM by costicina

 :(Here is my second take of this Etude. It’s far from satisfaying  Huh, but – I hope –   slightly better than the previous one.

Needless to say,  I owe to your generous help and your precious advices whatever improvement, if any, happened to occur.
Any feedback will be most appreciated (I’m getting quite  disheartened  Cry  Cry  Cry )
Thank you in advance


xx Chopin - Revolutionary Etude Op10 No12
September 27, 2011, 10:23:19 PM by danhuyle

Are Chopin Etudes all about how fast one can play? This is the fastest I can play the Revolutionary Etude. It's a few seconds slower than Richter and Yundi Li.

Should the focus be on the music or the speed?

xx Chopin'Etude
April 09, 2011, 12:38:38 PM by adusha


Let's say that you just started to study Chopin's Etude No12, Op. 10 "The Revolutionary Etude". How much time do you need to study it? Can you play it in concert after 2 weeks?

smiley What is harder? The revoloutionary or Fantasie impromptue
March 18, 2011, 09:08:36 PM by bozzyraven

What is harder? The revoloutionary or Fantasie impromptue

question What's the best way to play Chopin's etude Op10n12?
March 04, 2011, 07:19:53 AM by gustavob

I'm a newbie in piano technique and i need a list on which methods i should study in order to play Chopin's etude Op10n12.

Thanks in advance

xx Chopin Etude Op10 No12
February 27, 2011, 07:49:48 AM by danhuyle

Forgive me if it's too slow.

xx Chopin Revolutionary etude
February 24, 2011, 08:56:27 AM by pianisten1989

I keep spamming the Audition room with recordings.

So I made some recordings of this chopin etude. Ofc, I'm not happy with any of them (always  these bloody details!!), but this one is probably the one I like the most. It's a bit rushed, and it got a bit too dry in the sotto voce... But it's always like that, and if we'd try to make perfect in every way, we wouldn't post a lot, would we?

Hope you like it! Smiley

Edit: Take 2 is in the bottom!

xx Chopin Revolutionary Etude
January 26, 2011, 11:24:27 AM by pianisten1989

The sound is not good at all. Sometimes it even sound like one note is hit twice, but I didn't hit it twice! Sad

Somewhat rushed in some places, but good enough!

 Comments are more than welcome! Smiley

xx Chopin's Etude op 10 no 12 "Revolutionary"
January 06, 2011, 02:26:22 PM by raph_a_el

I recently made a recording of this etude while my piano is still in a good tuning condition:


I would be interested to hear any opinions/comments/criticism, etc...


xx Which level are this pieces?
November 24, 2010, 07:35:03 AM by musicioso

Hallo dear forum members,

Can someone tell me which level the following pieces are?

1 chopin etude op.25 no.12
2 Moonlight sonata 1st movement
3 chopin nocturne in c# minor
4 chopin fantasie impromptu
5 chopin prelude op.28 no.24
6 revolutionary etude (chopin)

And i also would like to know what is the highest level and some pieces that are of the highest level.

I hope you guys can help me with this..


question How hard is the revolutionary etude?
October 04, 2010, 03:57:10 AM by vesivian

 Roll Eyes Hi there i am about grade 5  in piano and was wondering if the revolutionary etude is easy piece.I heard it was one of the easiest etude written by chopin and was wondering if i should give it a go. I printed out the first page and although a little hard to keep the speed consistent , could play the first page. I found the first pages challenging for a while and soon it became easy. If i were to continue could you please tell me what i can do to improve my performance? p.s I do not want my teacher to know i played this piece , i want to surprise her for her birthday.

question Are Op 116-1 and Op 116-7 by Brahms as difficult as Chopin's Op 10-4 or Op 10-12
September 21, 2010, 05:08:03 AM by presto agitato


Do you people know those caprices by Brahms?
Do you think they are as difficult as Chopin's Op 10-4 or Op 10-12?


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