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Chopin: Etude Op. 10 No. 8 in F Major

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Frédéric Chopin - Etudes :
Etude, Op. 10 No. 8
Etude Op. 10 No. 8  in F Major by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: F Major Year: 1832
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (646 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (1341 kB)

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xx L.H. 2nd finger issues with Chopin Op. 10 No. 8
June 30, 2011, 06:51:19 AM by bachbrahmsschubert

Fellow piano streeters and music nerds,

I've been wanting to get into this etude for quite awhile, and with summer here my repertoire workload has (somewhat) vanished.

The problem occurs just after he modulates the theme to d minor; the hands come together for some chromatic nonsense (sorry, don't have a copy with measure numbers). The left hand is forced to stretch a major 6th from the second finger to the thumb at a fairly high register. Normally, I would have no problems with this at all, but I'm noticing while practicing slowly, there's a strange "clicking" sensation on the top of my finger just below the middle joint. It does not hurt, but it makes playing slightly uncomfortable; something I'd wish to avoid.

When I drop down to a lower register and stretch a major 6th, I feel nothing as one should, the problem only occurs at the high register with the left hand. I tried leaning by body more towards my right hand, but the sensation still occurs. I tried playing with higher knuckles, but that didn't help either.

I might (most likely) be doing something wrong, but I can't figure it out. I emailed my teacher and he said to stop practicing the piece and we'll talk the next time we meet. Well, the next time we meet is in two weeks and I don't want to put down that section for two weeks.

Can anyone help me out with any ideas on what might be the issue?

Thank you

Best wishes,

xx Which pieces should I choose?Liszt, Rach, Chopin or Debusyy?
October 29, 2010, 07:33:10 PM by keyb0ardfweak


It's my first year in the conservatory and I wanted to ask all of you what you would recommend me to do.

Btw, I am in the 7th year of 10

I ask opinions here. The only problem is if I am doing correctly or not.
Because my teacher believes I can and she demands me to play this on december and on may...

Anyways, the pieces I would like to choose are:

- Liszt - "Ballade no.1" (This one has to be in May) or "Un suspiro etude"
- Rachmaninoff - "Prelude Op.3 no.2" or "Prelude Op.23 no.5"
- Scarlatti - "K.141" or "K.87"
- Chopin - "Scherzo Op.20" or "Etude Op.10 no.8"
- Debussy - One of the "Images" book, AND, I was thinking of "L'isle joyeuse"

On december I have to play Bach's Prelude and fugue 2 (WTC 1), Chopin's etude op.10 no.6 and Scarlatti's Sonata "K.141"..I would like to play something more challenging..

Now..I have a BIG problem

Personally, she tells me, and some other friends that I can play all of that stuff!!
But..I don't feel like I can!!=S

I am 19 years old and I've been playing since 11-12

I would like you to help me on how to memorize all of this o.O

It seems hard for me

xx Chopin etude Op 10 No 8 - E-flat or E-natural in bar 80?
May 04, 2010, 07:11:19 AM by finger_yogi

RE: Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 8

The Dover (Paderewski) edition (page 91) uses an E-natural in measure 80 (for both occurrences of E in the measure i.e. the 2nd 16th-note of the 1st and 4th beat). All other editions I have consulted uses an E-flat for the 1st occurrence, then an E-natural on the 2nd occurrence. The commentary on this etude provided with the Dover edition does not address this discrepancy.

What is the (more) correct or accurate 'version'? Thanks in advance.

xx Chopin 10/8 and 25/1
April 07, 2010, 10:38:20 PM by lolstein

Just a couple of questions about these etudes. Firstly, 10/8: in the RH upward runs - specifically the ascending f-g-a-c x4 - should I employ thumb-under (between a and c) or not? I've heard conflicting opinions on this, with some suggesting quickly shifting the whole hand laterally ('thumb over'). With the former, I'm unable to pull it off smoothly at full speed and the thumb reaching under doesn't quite make it without some jerky/injury-inducing wrist movement (I have relatively small hands if that counts for anything). The latter sounds pretty uneven (i.e. the jump the hand has to make between the a and c) at any tempo. Also, my right arm tightens up pretty quickly, like lactic acid build-up in the quads after a very long sprint. It doesn't recover quickly (notwithstanding I continue playing anyway) - does risk of injury sound likely?

As for 25/1, I'm not sure whether I should largely be using finger or arm movement to make the stretches. Fingers have to become flat to stretch out, unless I make significant lateral movement - is it acceptable for it to sound non-legato without pedal?

Apologies if these are elementary questions, I don't have a teacher to ask

xx Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 8
September 02, 2009, 11:38:45 PM by eminemvsrach

Hello! This is my first uploaded recording, it's not perfect, but I'm pretty satisfied with it. Comments are welcome. Enjoy!

Best wishes,


xx Chopin Etude Op.10 No.8
September 18, 2008, 04:13:02 PM by yw1935

Rachel's playing

xx Op. 10 No. 8 vs. Op. 10 No. 12
August 23, 2008, 07:32:38 PM by conforza

Why is Chopin's Etude Op. 10 No. 8 considered more difficult than the Revolutionary Etude? Yes, in the 8th the right hand must move more and farther than the left hand does in the 12th but in the 8th the left hand's melody is rather simple compared to the right hand's melody in the 12th. Why is it that No. 12 is constantly labeled "one of the easier etudes" yet it is approximately the same speed and, in my opinion, the same technical demand?

xx Chopin:Etude Op.10 No.8
July 10, 2008, 01:23:09 AM by yw1935


xx [VIDEO] Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 8 in F Major
April 29, 2008, 10:20:13 AM by jlh

If you didn't know by now, I finished the DVD for my recital on 02/20/2007 and have been in the process of encoding portions of it to put on youtube for a few days now.  This one is Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 8 in F Major.  Hope you enjoy!



xx chopin etude in F major op.10 no.8 and new recording of rach prelude Op.32 no.12
November 09, 2007, 04:34:47 AM by amelialw

I just recorded this.


feel free to comment!


xx Recital Recording - Chopin Etude in F Major Op. 10, No. 8
March 06, 2007, 01:56:43 AM by jlh

Masters recital, 02.20.2007:

Third set:

Chopin Etude in F Major Op. 10, No. 8

Comments appreciated!  Smiley

edit: mp3 replaced

xx [VIDEO] Chopin Etude Op. 10, No. 8 in F major
October 24, 2006, 02:25:43 AM by jlh

Decided to record it once before I leave.  Later!


That was the original recording... now hear my progress...

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