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Chopin: Prelude Op. 28 No. 20 in C Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Preludes :
Prelude, Op. 28 No. 20
Prelude Op. 28 No. 20  in C Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: C Minor Year: 1834
Level: 6 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (38 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (363 kB)
piano music mp3 recording Prelude Op. 28 No. 20 - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)

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xx Chopin Prelude No. 20 in C minor: C major or C minor in beat 4 of bar 3?
December 14, 2008, 09:55:20 PM by johnlink

I found several threads that discussed the issue of the final chord in bar 3 of Prelude No. 20, and it seems that there are plenty of players who do it each way. C major sounds right to me, not only because of the G7, C7 F min which precedes it (following the tonic dominant 7th C7, I hear the F min as the the minor subdominant of C major), but because of the D7 G7 D7,13 which follows. An E natural could be added to the D7,13 and hardly be noticed, and the A natural over the D7,13 further confirms the tonality of C major.

I'm a guitarist, vocalist, and arranger, not a pianist. I have arranged all 24 of Chopin's Preludes for five singers (soprano, alto, tenor, and two baritones), guitar, bass, and drums (plus violin for No. 16). I will soon be releasing a CD of the John Link Project performing my arrangements of the Chopin Preludes. In the meantime you can hear the forthcoming recording of Prelude No. 3 here: http://www.myspace.com/johnlinkproject That page also contains recordings of my arrangements of Preludes 4 and 6, but not the versions that will be on the CD.

xx Chopin: Prelude Opus 28 No. 20 C minor
July 19, 2008, 06:17:05 PM by marsippius

Piano is 1920s vintage Kurtzmann upright.
Recorded with small mic, Windows, and Audacity.exe .

Sheet music is from pianostreet.com and is phrased according to the behest of my first teacher.

In two places is marked // .
The last few measures are retarded significantly.  Also, the dynamics increase significantly up to the next to last chord.  The final chord is pronounced as a sort of afterthought, ok.

The overall tempo, "steady as she goes", allows 2 beats per quarter note, in order to
be counting slow enough.  This makes the dotted 8th - 16th easier.


P.S.  See below for a second posting of this Chopin Prelude, modified with tempo and volume space; the E natural is played, and the dotted 8th - 16th rhythm pattern is modified to suit.  A question arises, so I need more feedback from listeners please.  A special thanks to rachfan for his valuable tips.  So far, so good.

xx Chopin's Prelude in C minor
November 04, 2007, 11:23:27 PM by dorjuanhoop

  I have a question about measure three of Chopin's Prelude in C minor.  My book has an editorial comment that Chopin is supposed to have added a flat sign before the last E (G, C, E) in a copy belonging to one of his pupils but that it does not appear in the original.  I have mistakenly been playing the E as E flat, and now when I play it E natural, it doesn't sound right and, in fact, sounds better to me as E flat.  I've listened to other people play this, and sometimes it seems they're playing E flat instead of E natural.  What's the accepted way of playing this?  Thanks for your help.  It's such a beautiful piece and I want it right.

xx chopin prelude #20
February 02, 2007, 04:28:49 AM by pianistimo

rolled chord at the end accidentally - but maybe i'll keep it? 

xx Chopin Preludes 4 and 20 (the easy ones!)
October 31, 2006, 12:33:13 AM by steve jones


Made recordings of the two easiest preludes. My piano sounds awful so please try to ignore how bad it sounds!

In particular Id like comments on the interps. I tried to really up the tension and drama with No4 without going over the top. I think I rushed the stretto passage unfortunately, it sounds too quick. But other than that Im pretty happy with it.

No20 I find a difficult one to work with. Other than the tempo and dynamics there is little to play with it seems! If I could improve on this I think its in the voicing. I have trouble bringing out melody lines above chords. You can hear it a bit, but not as well as you should during the p and pp sections.

Again, thoughts would be much appreciated!



xx 2 chopin preludes
October 17, 2006, 08:26:28 PM by steven1231

op.28 no.6

op.28 no.20

I skipped the repeat on no. 20

xx Chopin Prelude 28/20 question
September 29, 2006, 02:11:33 PM by orlandopiano

I've been teaching this piece for years now, and I still have not been able to give a definative answer to my students on what the chord in m.3 beat 4 is. Is it C major or C minor? I've seen both in different editions, and I've heard both on different recordings. Is there any way to know for sure?

xx Chopin prelude Op.28 num 20 ( video clip )
September 15, 2006, 05:15:41 PM by zheer


   Video ov me playing Chopin. Comments are very welcome

xx Chopin Prelude in Cm, Op. 28/20
August 11, 2006, 11:19:35 AM by kawaigs40

I've searched this forum before asking this question and only found one post, which didn't discuss it in any detail.

I have several editions of Chopin Op. 28/20.  My question is in reference to the top note of the chord on the fourth count of measure 3.  Every edition I have (except one, Keith Snell) has an E natural as the top note.  The E natural is not written with its own accidental, but is played as a carry over from the E natural contained in the C7 chord on the second count.  However, the Snell edition specifically shows an E flat as the top note of of the final chord in measure 4.  Can anybody explain?  Which note is correct, E natural or E flat?  Incidentally, some of these editions have accompanying CDs.  The performances on the CDs agree with the accompanying edition.   Is this an accepted variation, or have I merely stumbled onto something that everybody else already knows?  Please go easy on me.  I'm a jazzer.

xx Chopin, Prelude, Op. 28, No. 20 in Cm
July 16, 2006, 07:24:20 PM by rachfan

In measure 3, I play an E natural at the top of the RH chord in the fouth beat.  I do know about the score found belonging to one of Chopin's pupils with the flat penciled beside that note, presumably by Chopin.  Nevertheless, while the debate goes on, like many others I prefer the E natural.

xx Chopin Prelude 20
January 31, 2006, 04:05:59 PM by steve jones

Hi all,

Quick recording I made just of Chopin prelude 20. Been working on this piece for a few weeks in an attempt to develop my chord work. Will be doing Prelude 9 next, so this seems like good prep for that one.

Recording sounds terrible, so I hope you have your sick bucket ready! Piano is horrible, room is horrible, gear is worse... ok enough excuses, lol. Actually, I think the mic moved a bit while i was playing, eek!

Anyway, would love to hear any suggestions. Obviously I need to work on it more, get the timing better, dynamics more even etc (just more practice at the end of the day).

Any other pointers would be greatly appreciated.


Steve J

xx chopin prelude
July 12, 2005, 09:46:46 PM by nixo1000

Can you guys listen to this and critique my interpretation.


xx chopin prelude
July 12, 2005, 08:53:45 PM by nixo1000

Can you guys listen to this and critique my interpretation.


xx Requesting some Chopin help.
March 06, 2005, 02:10:19 AM by chopinisque


How do I play the ornament in the middle of Chopin's prelude no. 20?  It appears between two notes and has a double sharp under it.  I've never encountered something like this before...


Does the edition of Chopin's works matter?  Is the Alfred's edition okay?


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