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Chopin: Etude Op. 25 No. 4 in A Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Etudes :
Etude, Op. 25 No. 4
Etude Op. 25 No. 4  in A Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: A Minor Year: 1836
Level: 8 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (558 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (767 kB)

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xx On the Chopin Etude Opus 25 no. 4
April 28, 2011, 09:27:23 PM by iratior

Some Chopin etudes seem difficult in particular measures (e.g., opus 10 no. 3), but not taxing to endurance on the whole.  Others tax endurance (e.g., Opus 10, no. 7), even though no particular measure seems difficult.  Then there's Opus 25 no. 4, which seems difficult in both respects.  I know I haven't yet checked all 87 pages of this forum to see if it's been discussed before, but would welcome people's thoughts on what is a good way to approach learning this etude.  Are people who aren't double-jointed at an advantage when it comes to playing this?  Should the lower notes of the left hand part always be played with the 5th finger, and if so, why?  Should the upper chords of the left hand part always be played with the thumb included?  Is there some special wrist or arm movement that is the solution?  It's rather a shame there aren't more postings in this forum, but the comments people have made may be getting more attention than they realize.

xx chopin etude op25 4 and 5 and others metronome
March 01, 2011, 08:52:57 PM by ignaceii

I already opened this up in the students corner on moskowsky, and czerny.
Tempo in op25 nr 5 marked 184 per 1/4. Nr 4 is equally crazy.
I took gavrilovs performance (not to be accused of a slow player, i'd say on the contrary (see his goldberg variations)) and he clocks 144.
Also nr 4 he plays great at a much slower rithm.

I saw remarks on not to pay too much attention at it.
Ok, I do not, because i simply can't, and who can ?

The issue is, as a student learning on my own who has also himself as a guide and I like it that way, are these so called urtext editions correct historically, and if so, then I shut up, and first listen a performance and correct the urtext rithm myself. And I'll let short short or lang lang mess it up. If not, then it's a damned disgrace. Because utterly pedagogical dangerously misleading for autodidacts.

Lot's of success on keeping up with the metronome.

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