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Chopin: Etude Op. 25 No. 10 in B Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Etudes :
Etude, Op. 25 No. 10
Etude Op. 25 No. 10  in B Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: B Minor Year: 1836
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (620 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (1406 kB)

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xx Chopin Opus 25 no 10, octave etude
February 05, 2017, 11:09:17 AM by chris2014

Hi guys, I have a few questions regarding this etude;

During the practice of the piece, I have started to notice tension in my forearms, due to the constant need to hold my hand stretched to reach the octaves, notably within the left arm in measures 11-13.

This tension is also evident within measure within measures 17-18 where the 2nd and 3rd fingers are holding down the F and G, while the outside of the hand is playing octaves, causing my pinkie to tend to miss the Bb in the phrase, and my right hand's pinkie missing the D natural.

and also within the final four measures of the first section, due to the octave jumps.

Regarding this, are there any techniques that I could practice in the early stages of mastering this piece to stop further build up of tension and thus causing any further damage that could occur, as well as any other advice such as, placement of the hand to ensure accuracy would be also welcome!

Thank you!
- Chris

xx Relaxing the Wrist for Chopin Octave Etude
February 28, 2011, 04:38:13 PM by punkpianist360

Does anyone have any advice or exercises to relax your wrist when practicing this etude?  It's the only thing that's bugging me right now.

xx Chopin etude Op. 25 No. 10 - General Question
November 14, 2009, 06:12:11 PM by franz_

Hi guys,

When you play this etude, you have to hold the notes between te octaves, right?
When i look to some youtube videos (professional, welknown pianists, competitions,...) where thay are playing this etude, they don't hold those middle notes. Which simplifies the etude a lot...

So? What to do?

xx Chopin Op.25 No.10
November 29, 2007, 02:17:44 PM by ahkow

My teacher says that i play the first Octaves too softly when i play the first section of this etude. when i try to play it any louder, he says that i'm banging it. The problem with it is that while he does demonstrate it to me (With a great tone quality) he doesnt tell me how to do it. Does anyone here know how to play it with a full tone?

 In the second section he keeps saying that i don't play musical enough. the problem with my teacher is that he expects you to do the technique on your own, similar to Liszt who said: "Wash your dirty linen at home) while he teaches you on the art of interpretation.

I think that the Octave etude is harder than it looks/sounds.

xx Octave Etudes
March 09, 2007, 11:00:13 AM by molto-marcato


i am working on perfecting my Chopin Ballade in g-minor and am still struggling to get those octave runs in the middle section up to speed. I think my octave technique needs serious polishing. Would you please suggest good octave etudes. What about Chopin 25-10?

thumbup Chopin Etude Op. 25 No.10 (Octave)
September 25, 2006, 01:18:30 AM by viking

Here is a copy of my recording I just made yesterday for the the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition.  I will be competiting in the Piano B class (17 yrs and under).  If anyone else is competiting in this, I would love to hear what you have sent in!


xx Piece Ranking
August 20, 2006, 09:14:06 PM by dough_mouse

Please help me rank the following pieces in the order of least to most difficult:

Chopin Etude 25/10 in Bminor
Liszt TE no.12 Chasse-Neige
Rach Etude 39/1 in Cminor
Alkan Etude no.7 Finale
Schubert/Liszt Transcription - Erlkonig
Scriabin Etude 8/12 in D#minor
Scriabin Etude 42/5 in C#minor
Prokofiev Suggestions Diabolique
Beethoven Sonata Tempest - 3rd movement

Thanks in advance!

xx Chopin's Op. 25 No. 10 questions
July 31, 2005, 09:36:42 AM by Waldszenen

Firstly, what kind of pedalling should one use in the octave etude? Too much seems to blur the hell out of the piece and too little makes it sound staccato or not forceful enough.

And secondly, following the introduction (the first two lines or whatever), as soon as the main theme kicks in, are you supposed to hold down the middle notes in each hand or just play them for the first octave? It seems impossible to actually hold them down while octave-ing at a rapid speed.

xx Chopin etude op25 no10
May 10, 2005, 05:33:15 AM by chopinisque

Before I do something irreversible like injuring hands, is there something I should know about this piece?  From technical aspects, I mean.  Also, does anyone have any tips for this piece? 


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