Frédéric Chopin
Etude
in A Minor, Op. 25 No. 11

In this awe-inspiring Etude, the complex right-hand patterns turns into an unrelenting storm of agitated torment raging up and down the piano.

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Etude
Op. 25 No. 11

Key: A Minor
Year: 1836
Level: 8+
Period: Early Romantic
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Winter Wind

This Etude, often known by its nickname “Winter Wind”, stands as one of the most awe-inspiring manifestations of Chopin’s ability to turn a mere technical exercise into a tone poem of astonishing emotional power. The right hand’s motorically complex pattern is turned into an unrelenting storm of agitated torment raging up and down the piano, only kept in check by the march-like left hand’s imperious proclamations. Often considered one of the more difficult Etudes of Op. 25, the student is not only challenged with mastering the right hand’s unrelenting stream of notes but also with employing a wide variety of tone colors to keep the continuous cascades of sound from becoming monotonous. Once conquered, the electrical vitality of the composition is sure to keep listeners on the edge of their seats, from the calm-before-the-storm of the opening chorale to the overwhelming thunder of the final manifestation of the theme, finished with a lightning-flash scale.

Background

The Etudes Op. 25 were first published in 1837 in France, Germany, and England. They continue the revolutionizing of the Etude genre Chopin began with his Etudes Op. 10, adding a slew of new technical challenges, such as sixths, octaves, rapid trills and scales in thirds, leaps, and other inventive patterns that had not yet been dealt with in the previous Opus.


Forum posts about this piece:

Chopin vs Chopin by lucasejp
Between Chopin's Etude Op.25 no.11 'Winter Wind' and his ballade no.1 in G minor Op.23, what did people who have played both fou...

Piece's difficulty by nicorubio09
What do you guys think it's harder, Rachmaninoff's op. 23 n. 2 or Chopin's op. 25 n. 11?...

"WINTER WIND" Etude by bubblessomewhere
This etude has very many repeats for a just 4 minutes long etude..and almost all the repeats come in the same dynamic (f to ff) Do you have ...

winter wind meme by andhow04
does anyone have this meme of the winter wind etude. it is the sheet music, shows the first four bars, and the fifth all the notes fall into...

Are composers always right about their own music? by klavieronin
How do people feel about deviating from the score? Do you think it is possible for a performer to interpret a piece of music in a way that i...

Chopin Winter Wind - Hands are cramping by geoffhuang
My hands are cramping when I play the song full speed by the time I get to the e minor part (similar to the beginning, but in e minor instea...

Chopin Etude Op 24 No 11 by keenan333
Hi all, I'm new to this forum but writing about a common topic: the way-to-hard-for-me "aspiration" piece. I've fallen...

Chopin etude op 25. #11 by nastassja
Hi everybody ! I just started working on Chopin's etude op. 25 #11, and I am wondering whether the sixteenth notes on the left hand co...

Practicing Chopin's Winter Wind Etude by darkpisces
I have started learning this piece and within the same hour pretty much had the first chromatic section with the right hand memorized and I ...

What happens if I don't follow the fingerings? by dddddmajor
Hi, I've been practicing Winter wind for a few weeks to play it on right tempo and figured that the fingerings which I prefer, 5-2-4-1-...

Preparing audition program by kurzya
Hello all, In about 10 months time I plan on auditioning for a music school. I need to have prepared a program of two contrasting pieces, an...

Chopin etude op.25 n.11 Arpeggio by konsta91
Hi everyone. I have one technical question for you. How would you study, or how did you study, bar 17-18 arpeggios, in particular the finge...

Chopin's etude op. 25 no. 11 by ponken
I am starting to practise this piece. It's maybe a little too difficult for me but I love it too much to not attemp it. I would like so...

A VERY VERY VERY big problem. by loonbohol
Sorry for hiding in shame. I have a problem , now that I cannot theoretically play Chopin Etude (Winter Wind). I was practicing it for alm...

Winter wind..... Impossible + Frederick Chopin competition by loonbohol
As I type this letters in the forum... My hands seems to be lifted to the air... We are talking about winter wind etude or Chopin Etude Op....

The Winterwind Scale by opus10no2
Which is the best fingering? and what kind of sound does each achieve? (rh) 1231234 is standard 1234123 makes micro-accents on the E which ...

Fingering of Chopin Etude Winter Wind Op.25 No 11 by majax
Hello, I want to begin to explore the study of Chopin Op 25 No 11 because I find it very beautiful, but also very difficult. I does not ta...


Member's recordings of piece:

Chopin - Etude in a minor, op.25 no.11 'Winter Wind' by andhow04
here's just a draft of the winter wind etude, one of the most dramatic and beloved piece in chopin's works. this is one of those r...

[vid] Chopin Etude op 25 No 11 “Winter Wind” by furiouzpianist
Very happy to share my recent recording of the Chopin Etude No. 23 in a minor, Op. 25 No. 11 "Winter Wind" youtu.be/jUCA2nHqWZE...

Video - CHOPIN Etude Op.25 No.11 "Winter Wind" by forestyang20
My interpretation of the famous work during the intermediate stages of its development as part of my licentiate recital's program. It w...

[VID] Bach PF d minor BK II, Chopin 25-11 by furiouzpianist
Bach tx4-DpkxqOQ youtu.be/tx4-DpkxqOQ Chopin kI5I0ZipK90 youtu.be/kI5I0ZipK90...

Chopin Etude Op. 25/11 Winterwind (second take, at Mannes) by mkaykov
I recorded this today - here I am playing for a friend in a Mannes Practice room, on some crappy old "Steinway". I am absolutely r...

Chopin: Etude Op. 25/11 ("Winterwind") by mkaykov
My first attempt at this etude. I know there is no dynamic range in this performance, but I just began working on this with Mr. Rose, who ca...

Chopin and Scriabin etudes by athenaeum
Chopin op 25 no11 and Scriabin op8 no 12 etudes...Played for a summer seminar 4 years ago.The recording is not very clear and there are some...

Chopin Etude 25/11 - Winterwind. Video by Andrew_close
Hello folks. Here's the result of about 4 months practise. Yes I know my piano sounds rubbish. Yes i want a better one. No i don'...

My Recital- Chopin, Liszt Etudes by pianiststrongbad
Hi all, I posted video files yesterday, and today I decided I would post audio just in case if people had slow internet connections.  A...

Chopin Etude Op 25 No. 11 by randmc
This is a recording I did a couple months ago in a private performance.....it's just one of a number of pieces i played. I made a coupl...


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Etude in A Minor, Op. 25 No. 11 by the composer Frédéric Chopin who lived from 1810 to 1849.
The piece was published in 1836 and is included in Chopin's Etudes.