Frédéric Chopin
in E Minor, Op. 25 No. 5

This Etude is nicknamed the “Wrong Note” Etude due to the constant appoggiaturas which attach to the melody, adding an off-kilter, wryly humorous effect.

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Op. 25 No. 5

Key: E Minor
Year: 1836
Level: 8
Period: Early Romantic
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"Wrong Note"

The e minor Etude from Op. 25 is sometimes nicknamed the “Wrong Note” Etude due to the constant appoggiaturas which attach to the melody of its outer sections, creating a somewhat off-kilter, wryly humorous effect. Though most of Chopin’s Etudes employ some type of A-B-A structure, this Etude is a particularly obvious manifestation of this formal device, featuring a serenely expressive and songful, almost impressionistic middle section which greatly contrasts with the parts surrounding it. Pianists with smaller hands might find some of the chord configurations rather uncomfortable and need to employ creative fingerings or other adjustments to make the Etude playable.


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 of thirds, leaps, and other inventive patterns that had not yet been dealt with in the previous Opus.

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Etude in E Minor - Op. 25 No. 5 is a piece by the early romantic composer Frédéric Chopin.
The composition was first published in 1836 and is included in Etudes by Chopin.