Frédéric Chopin
in C-sharp Minor, Op. 10 No. 4

This passionate and ferocious Etude, nicknamed "Torrent", is a study in rapid notes in both cramped and widespread patterns.

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Frédéric Chopin - Etudes:

Op. 10 No. 4

Key: C-sharp Minor
Year: 1832
Level: 8+
Period: Early Romantic
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This passionate and ferocious Etude is something every advanced piano student is likely to tackle on their journey to mastery. It stands as a great example of Chopin’s skill at taking a technical difficulty – in this case, rapid notes in both cramped and widespread patterns – and turning it into an emotionally satisfying tone poem that far transcends the role of a mere exercise. Like most of Chopin’s Etudes it is in ternary, or A-B-A form, rounded off with a great climax marked FFF and a thunderous Coda bringing the piece to a breathtaking close.


Chopin's first set of etudes signifies a complete overhaul of the etude genre, transforming it from technical drudgery to a true art form with rich emotional and musical content, which at the same time takes piano technique to new heights. It was dedicated to Franz Liszt, about whom Chopin reportedly said with regard to the études: “I wish I could steal from him the way he plays them.”

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