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Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66 in C-sharp Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Impromptus :
Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66
Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66  in C-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: C-sharp Minor Year: 1834 (publ. 1855)
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score
Recordings in Naxos Music Library


Sweeping brilliance, saved from the fire

The Fantaisie-Impromptu is a piece in ABA form. The A section has a sweeping melody of sixteenth notes running up and down the keyboard, accompanied by triplet arpeggios in the left hand. It's very fast and sounds almost a little chaotic, while the softer middle section with its wonderful cantilena provides a good overall balance to the piece. The coda begins passionately, but calms down little by little, reintroducing the theme from the middle section in the left hand. The three-against four cross-rhythm of the fast section may initially seem daunting to less experienced pianists, but becomes easier as each hand acquires the necessary speed. The hairpins in bar 5 and 6 of the otherwise sketch-like original text of the first version underline the importance of giving expressive shape to the cascade of right-hand notes.

Practice & Performance Tips:
The cross-rhythms (sixteenth-notes against triplets) and the incredibly fast right hand figurations in the first section of this piece may seem daunting, and this is certainly not a piece for the beginner or even intermediate player. However, the Fantaise-Impromptu is not one of Chopin's most difficult pieces. The piano writing makes amazing use of very natural movements, and there is no great awkwardness for anyone with a normal-sized hand. As for the coordination problem, it also more or less solves itself if each hand is mastered separately and the pianist keeps focusing on a flowing alla breve pulse.

Note that the Largo marking only applies to measures 41 and 42; the rest of the middle section is marked Moderato cantabile, which should mean a rather flowing tempo. Of course this lyrical and reflective section needs some time and flexibility, but take care to avoid a... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.

Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66 in C-sharp Minor (published in 1834) . DOWNLOAD piano sheet music from Piano Street digital sheet music library.

Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor Op. 66 by the composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). This piano piece was composed in 1834 and is part of Chopin's Impromptus.
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