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Chopin: Etude Op. 25 No. 12 in C Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Etudes :
Etude, Op. 25 No. 12
Etude Op. 25 No. 12  in C Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: C Minor Year: 1836
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (635 kB)
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xx Chopin, Etude op 25 no 12
June 28, 2016, 01:14:37 AM by kawai_cs

Comments appreciated!

xx Chopin Etude op. 25 no. 12
November 06, 2013, 01:55:45 AM by awesom_o

Here it is, the last of the 24! Both opuses are complete now.

Unfortunately, I haven't thought too much about cover art. I'm interested in what people here think. My budget isn't large, but I'd like to get a proper CD pressed so I have something nice for people to buy at concerts.

In terms of a program note for the CD insert-I thought perhaps I would write a short reflection on the musical experience of learning and recording them all.

thank you in advance for your input and I hope you enjoy the motion in the ocean!

xx Child prodigy at St. Botolph Club
April 14, 2012, 05:07:41 PM by pianovlad1996

Hope you will like it.

xx Chopin's Ocean Etude.
April 13, 2011, 02:02:02 AM by fungipower

Hello, I was wondering if anyone can give me the chords of in Chopin's Ocean Etude, in order of appearance that is. I plan to improvise on it by playing a simple back and forth appegios interpretation of it, to get a better feel of the piece before extended studies.

Thank you, in advance.

xx effective way to practice hand position changes in Ocean Etude?
February 09, 2011, 06:31:21 PM by Derek

So, I've been struggling to continue studying Chopin's Ocean Etude. I enjoy it when I work on it but find difficulty summoning willpower to continue, due to how difficult it is to play this piece anywhere close to speed. I can read it slowly and accurately. Obviously, the thing that makes this piece difficult are the hand position changes that occur in the different sorts of arpeggios.

I haven't tried this yet but I wondered if other people do this and if it is effective: Practice *just* the hand position changes. In other words, move back and forth between them. Where my pinky would be replaced by a thumb, or thumb by pinky in the other hand, I might be landing on an octave (easiest for some reason), major or minor ninth, or 10th.  It seems like these movements cause the most flubs. So if I just practice those movements, should this help?

To put it another way, so far I've only been practicing by playing the piece as written, slowly, without putting a very microscopic focus on the specific technical problems.

xx Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 12
January 09, 2011, 06:35:35 AM by abcdef123

Hello everyone! I was wondering how to approach this Chopin etude or learn it. I have tried playing staccato, block chords. I need some advice on how to learn this etude. When should I do it hands together? It is not a problem for me to play the arpeggios up but when I go down back, I will get stuck. Advice appreciated! Thank yoU!

xx Which level are this pieces?
November 24, 2010, 07:35:03 AM by musicioso

Hallo dear forum members,

Can someone tell me which level the following pieces are?

1 chopin etude op.25 no.12
2 Moonlight sonata 1st movement
3 chopin nocturne in c# minor
4 chopin fantasie impromptu
5 chopin prelude op.28 no.24
6 revolutionary etude (chopin)

And i also would like to know what is the highest level and some pieces that are of the highest level.

I hope you guys can help me with this..


xx Similar piece to Op.25 No.12
April 23, 2010, 11:45:42 AM by frank_48

does anyone know of any pieces that are similar to chopins etude in the right hand, yet not as difficult?

im speaking of the up and down motion and hitting the same note with 1 and 5.

xx Tips for practicing the "Ocean Etude"?
March 12, 2010, 04:48:29 AM by bonehelm

Hi all,

I have been working on this piece by myself (without the guidance of my teacher) for about 3 weeks to a month now. From memory, I can play it at the performance tempo that I want, but I think I can still make improvements in overall clarity and evenness. Sometimes some notes in the arpeggios don't sound, and sometimes there is a tiny gap between them. Also, my whole arm (forearm in particular) becomes tense after playing the arpeggios over and over again. This doesn't happen when I'm playing at a slow tempo, so I'm wondering what is the correct motion to use, so that I can avoid tension playing at any speed.

Does anybody have advice for practicing this piece for me, so that I could fix as many of these as possible? Once again, when playing slowly, these problems are not noticeable, it's only when I speed it up that they really get in the way.

Thanks!  Smiley

xx Chopin Etude op 25 no 12 (Ocean)
March 29, 2009, 02:00:13 AM by carazymcmahon

I will be playing this in Las Vegas for state solo and ensemble and I would like to hear some of your opinions on what I could do to improve it. Any feedback would be great!

xx Chopin 25/12 - Measure 21
March 12, 2009, 10:23:09 PM by mukubella

I am working on this etude right now - second note of measure 21 in this etude (r.h.) is supposed to be an F, correct?  I just saw it printed as an Ab in another version???

xx Chopin Etude op 25 no 12 (video)
February 10, 2009, 06:53:28 AM by carazymcmahon

I tried to not let the piece run away with the tempo (it was a performance) but I failed  Undecided
Any suggestions?

xx Chopin Etude op 25 no 12
January 01, 2009, 12:59:58 AM by carazymcmahon

This is my first etude, I've been working on it for a while but its still a work in progress. This is the first time I had pushed the speed past my comfort zone (can definitely tell in the development). 

anything technically wrong?
would it be better to play it faster to mantain the "ocean" effect or play it slower and let the melody sing more? or both?
All I have to record with is a camera so I apologize for the sound quality.
any feedback would be great

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 Help with Ocean Etude op.25 no.12
August 17, 2008, 05:09:41 PM by clara.schumann

Hello, I started recently working on the etude op.25 no.12 by Chopin.
I don't really know what to do with it and how to approach this etude! I tried playing it in chords but I feel that what I'm doing is a waste of time, I don't even know if I'm supposed to work on it with both hands or not... I would be glad to hear from anyone who ever played this etude, what worked for him and where to begin, because I can't even ask my teacher (I'm on a summer vacation in the US right and when I'm back in two weeks I'm supposed to show it to her! So I'm also running out of time).
Thanks in advance

xx Chopin Etude Op 25 no 12 Ocean
July 31, 2008, 06:04:18 AM by carazymcmahon

This is definitely a work in progress (and also my first etude).
Sorry about the recording quality, I'm still trying to figure out how to get the best results with the limited equipment that I have.

The biggest problem I'm having is starting out too loud. If I start out softer I cant seem to bring out the melody, and when I start out how I normally would, I get tired by the end.

Am I on the right track??

Sorry about the sloppy parts btw, recording is a lot more difficult than I thought it was. Also, I have no idea what happened to the last few seconds  Undecided

Any feedback would be great!

xx Etude Op. 25 No. 12 (Ocean Etude)
July 03, 2008, 10:22:15 PM by •ÇØM

Just got through learning this piece and would like to know how I can improve it.  Especially the ending... I was in control for the most part.


xx Ocean Etude
June 21, 2008, 10:24:57 PM by •ÇØM

How would you go by putting the fingers for the 12th - 13th bars and 40th - 41st bars, especially for the last 8th beat of 12 and 40?

For 12 I use RH: 1 3 5 and LH: 5 2 1

For 13 I use RH: 1 2 5 and LH: 5 2 1

For both 40 and 41 I use RH: 1 2 5 and LH: 5 3 1

xx Chopin op 25 no 12
April 03, 2008, 03:17:42 AM by pies


xx Chopin - Etude in C minor, Op. 25 No. 12
January 30, 2008, 05:02:03 AM by cherub_rocker1979

Comments are welcome!

xx ocean etude
January 26, 2007, 07:09:29 PM by fredo2

does someone know where i can find a good video of an ocean etude ?
for example i would love to see sokolov playing that piece... heard his recording its just amazing. But any other good would be fine

xx Chopin - Etude op 25 no 12 "Ocean"
January 02, 2007, 03:35:15 AM by musicsdarkangel

here are two recs i made of it today for summer programs.

please tell me which is better

one was mic'd lid up, but my piano is really bright and percussive, one was mic'd lid down

xx Tips for 25/12?
April 29, 2006, 07:17:15 PM by chopinfan_22

I'm learning Chopin's Etude Op. 25 No. 12 (the Ocean). Does anyone have any tips or advice for practicing/learning it?

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