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Chopin: Etude Op. 25 No. 1 in A-flat Major

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Frédéric Chopin - Etudes :
Etude, Op. 25 No. 1
Etude Op. 25 No. 1  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: A-flat Major Year: 1836
Level: 8 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (589 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (1128 kB)

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xx Chopin, Etude op 25 no 1
April 28, 2016, 05:25:01 PM by kawai_cs

Comments appreciated! Enjoy Smiley

xx Chopin Etude op 25 n 1 Aeolian harp: first attempt
March 08, 2012, 08:04:52 PM by costicina

… Too many wrong notes,  I know. Also, the melody sometimes is unpleasantly “hammered” and often there are disturbing voids in the accompaniment part…But I think I’ve a clearer idea now of how the piece should sound….
I’ll try to post soon a better recording: meanwhile, your opinion, criticism, advices would help me greatly to improve..

xx Final Video for Chopin Op25-1
March 05, 2012, 04:06:35 PM by johnmar78

Hi everyone, after encouragement from Rach, Wofi and Startrucks..Costica..I decided to do one more take to fine touch a little.  

I have tried my best and make the piano sing MORE....

All feedbacks are welcome...


xx New Video Chopin op25-1
March 03, 2012, 08:58:15 AM by johnmar78

folks, here you go my new recording on new mics. Aagin, no cut/paste or any sound editing.

I hope you enjoy it.

I hope this will give you a good inspirations.

Welcome all feed backs.

xx Chopin Etudes
May 25, 2011, 03:58:17 AM by bobloblaw717

Im an advanced player but i have never once played a Chopin Etude before. ive listened to all of them many times and i was wondering if someone could rank these in difficulty

Op. 10 No. 5
Op. 25 No. 3
Op. 25 No. 9
Op. 25 No. 1

P.S. if someone could also rank the REST of the chopin etudes that would be FANTASTIC, thank you!

xx Chopin/Liszt (transcendental etudes/etudes) video/audio
February 23, 2011, 11:35:29 AM by etudebasher


xx Chopin Etude Op 25 No 1 conducted (choreographed?) by Andrej Jasinski
April 23, 2010, 03:51:22 AM by arielpiano

Hi all,
It's been a while since I was in this room...
I thought you may want to see the unusual teaching style of Andrej Jasinski (Krystian Zimerman's teacher). I played this etude for him at a master class a few months ago. Watch him starting 0:53, when he begins to conduct and dance the etude, giving instructions and making comments with gestures and movements that I was following out of the corner of my eye. Very cool. Let me know what you think.
I also played Nocturne Op 62 No 2 for him the same day, but he chose not to dance to that one. His lesson was wonderful, by the way. OK, here is the link to the Nocturne as well:

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 Etudes Op.25 No.1 by Frederic Chopin
November 08, 2009, 02:52:00 PM by sam03

Previously posted in the student corner section, but i feel that it sould be more appropriate to post it here bcos this is the section to discuss about recordings.


Feel free to provide advice / feedbacks!

Thank you!

xx Etudes Op.10 No.1 by Frederic Chopin
November 06, 2009, 01:34:15 PM by sam03


Feel free to provide any advice / feedbacks  Grin Grin Grin

Thank you and hav a nice day!

xx Youtube videos: Chopin Etudes Op. 25/1 and 25/12
September 16, 2008, 05:23:55 PM by eric_wong1387

I had worked on these pieces over the summer and I've decided to give it a shot at recording them on video just this weekend.

I'm open to any constructive feedback on how I can continue to improve.

Etude Op. 25 No. 1:

Etude Op. 25 No. 12 (Ocean):

I do have MP3 versions from an earlier session available if the audio quality in the videos isn't satisfactory.  Hope you'll like them!

xx Chopin Op. 25 no. 1
June 04, 2007, 01:40:46 PM by christiaan

What technique does this study cover?

xx Ante Vetma - Frederic Chopin - Etude op.25 no.1
May 01, 2007, 06:40:04 PM by avetma

From the same concert as Diabolic Suggestion, hope to hear some comments from you.

p.s. This recording is made 21 day after I started to work on this etude, so don't be so rigid about it. Grin

Thank you,

xx Chopin Etude, Op.25 Op.1 "Harp Etude" video..
April 03, 2007, 03:36:07 AM by jeff135

It's still a work in progress (sorta), I am just putting the final touches on it.


It's almost note perfect (a few minor slips) but the tonal quality and cleanliness of the sound is due mainly to the poor recording quality -- it was recorded off my cousin's cell phone. The dynamics are also kind of messed up by it, but it is still listenable. =P

Any comments, praise or criticism, would be very much appreciated =)

PS: I have already recieved comments on a few beats that I skipped and I have dealt with those.

Thanks to all who watch =)

xx Chopin Etude Op.25 No.1
March 01, 2007, 01:23:52 AM by faj

Another Recording of my practice ... perhaps it's too fast ?...
Any comments/ advice welcome


P.S : same with my other recording, I'm using Handycam's mic (monitor out go into P.C). Seems it couldn't capture the sustaining tone/ reverb of ther room clearly. Sorry for that ...

xx Liszt vs. Chopin (Don't worry, it's not what you think it is)
July 08, 2006, 06:42:51 AM by lagin

My teacher said I could pick between Liszt's Un Sospiro, or Chopin's op. 25, no. 1

Voting time!  (Note, one does not know how to make a poll sadly, but please vote anyway!)

xx chopine etudes - speed
June 30, 2006, 09:47:24 PM by lisztener

I am currently practicing chopin 25 1 now, but i wonder how to make it work without creating tension. I've sitten and playing it and memorized it, and  i practice each hand separatly as always. Slowly it's ok, but when i try to get each hand up to speed I don't have the time to relax until the next time each finger plays, but i do my best. Right now my arms are acheing and i dont now how to practice in order to avoid it. My dream is to play la campanella and all the chopin etudes, but it all seems so hopeless...   Is there a possibility you think, or is there something wrong with my hands? seriously all hands must be different. I've played op 10 nr 9, rach prelude in c minor,  and passepied of debussy. Those are the two most technically demanding pieces i've played so far.  Ecactly what am i supposed to do to get it up to speed? I've been working on 25 1 for a couple of weeks.
Hope u know what I should do.   Take care!

xx chopin etude op25 in a flat
December 09, 2005, 11:28:50 PM by zheer

Ok i hope this works, the etude is playd twice once from the middle and the second time from the begining to the end.

  ( Please avoid listining to this Etude its dreadfull , thanks )

xx Just finished Fur Elise, Am I Ready To Tackle A Rachmaninoff Concerto?
December 05, 2005, 08:58:39 PM by fuel925

Just kidding Wink The real question is, could someone please give me an approximate grade level for Chopin Etude Op.25 No.1?

xx Chopin etude op25 no1 and the technique
August 20, 2005, 04:53:18 AM by felia

Dear Friends,

just a discussion here. I just learn CHopin etudes op25 no1 a few months ago. with a new teacher. at first i treat this piece as a technical piece, with certain technique requirement. After practice a few motnhs, i discover that my touch become wamrer and rounder, and of course deeper. In the process of learning, my teacher stress on the wrist relaxation. She didn't tell me the result of practice this piece, but since then..wow~ :oreally amazing.My question is, doeas this piece actualy composed to deepen the touch of someone..or?is this because of the approach of my teacher?
The result is obvious, almost everyone notice the changes of my touch recently.
I mean, maybe my question is a bit silly, but really like to know the reality behind it.After all this etude is not a magic..


xx Smooth melody in Chopin Etude Op. 25/No.1 "Aeolian Harp"
May 19, 2005, 10:48:40 PM by dk

among several other pieces, I'm currently learning Op. 25/No. 1 as an introduction to a twenty minutes long programme for the entry exam of our local conservatory. While the basical arm movement for the accompaniment notes works quite well, I still struggle with bringing the melody out as smooth as possible.

There are melody notes that are about an octave higher than the rest which require fast jumps back to the chord notes. I achieved the ability to hit them blindly at moderade speed by practising those measures with closed eyes. Though I hit them, they sound harsh and hammered as I can't stay at all on the upper (melody) key. It's a similar problem to Liszt's Liebestraum where the melody gets loud (E major was it, I think)...

does anybody have any advice on how to work on that matter? As this etude is widely considered as one of the easier ones, I have some hope of just having missed the right technique.. (currently, I'm doing a workaround and just play this note groups a bit rubato but it's still not satisfying..)

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