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Chopin: Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 in E Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Preludes :
Prelude, Op. 28 No. 4
Prelude Op. 28 No. 4  in E Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: E Minor Year: 1834
Level: 5 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Instructive - all parts (184 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (46 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scholtz edition (395 kB)
piano music mp3 recording Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)

Farewell music?

Perhaps the most well-known of Chopin's preludes is this prelude in E minor. Chopin requested that it should be played at his funeral, and even a casual listener can see why. It's a very sad, mournful piece that sounds not unlike a funeral dirge. With its minor key, descending chords and the fact that it's intended to "die away" as per Chopin's notation, it conveys an almost overwhelming sense of despair. It's a short, depressing yet beautiful piece that sounds like it was all but meant for a funeral.

Chopin's set of 24 preludes were first published in 1839 and dedicated to the composer Joseph Christoph Kessler. They received quite some criticism for their brief length and lack of any traditional structure; they were seen as more like sketches or brief notes as opposed to fully-formed ideas. However, there were also some, more forward-looking contemporaries, among them Robert Schumann, who admired them intensely.

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xx Bad sound in Chopin's Prelude #4 in E
August 06, 2004, 08:23:09 PM by rafant

I learnt this gorgeous Prelude two years ago, but I don't like as it sounds under my playing, very far from the delicate, clear, warm and round sounds that I hear in the records I have.  As I play it sounds rustic, harsh, rough. The teacher I had at that time used to say the problem was lack of musicality, but was unable of helping me to amend it.
Specially I'm dissatisfied with the left hand. I play without rubato, renewing pedal syncopatedly for every harmonic change, and using only a light pedal touch, since no pedal or deep pedalling is worst. What could be wrong? Maybe the touch, or the rythm or anyelse? I have a studio upright piano. I'll be grateful for suggestions.

xx Double-sharp turn in Chopin Prelude Op. 28 #4
June 12, 2005, 05:51:44 PM by david_p

How is the turn, with a double-sharp below it,  between the A and the G in Chopin's Prelude Op. 28 #4 played?  I've never seen a turn with a double sharp before.

thanks Smiley

xx Chopin - Prelude op. 28 no. 4, Etude op. post. no.3
June 25, 2005, 12:58:16 PM by daan

Hi all, I am new here, I'm 14 years old.
Here are the links:

Please post your comment here Wink


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

Can you guys listen to this and critique my interpretation.


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

Can you guys listen to this and critique my interpretation.


xx Question about Chopin's Prelude Op 28 no. 4
November 27, 2005, 10:26:15 PM by xire

Hello all,

I'm new to the forums and I'm glad to be here.  Wink

I'm playing the piano for about 4 months now and I like it a lot. But I'm not taking lessons, so I'm trying to learn it by myself. Anyway, since I'm not that good in reading notes, I have a question about a part of Chopin's Prelude op 28 no. 4. In one of the parts (see screenshot), I'm hearing something else than how I play it, when I hear a recording of it. When I hear a recording of it, I hear more notes in that part and when I play that part on the piano myself, it doesn't sound like how it's played on the recording. It probably has something to do with the word "Stretto" but since I don't know what that means, it's kinda hard for me to understand.

Can someone tell me how I should play it?

The screenshot:

Thanks in advance.

xx Fingerings in Chopin's prelude n°4
February 06, 2006, 01:58:34 PM by stormx


i am starting to learn Chopin's prelude n°4. Roll Eyes
I have a good edition, but with very few fingerings indicated...
Can you point out to a (free) score to download, with good and complete fingerings (specially for all those LH chords).

I am not coming back to my piano classes until march, and i do not want to use bad fingerings  Undecided

Thanks in advance !!

xx Chopin Preludes 4&6 + friends composition
March 09, 2006, 07:14:02 PM by henrah

Here are three videos that I recorded yesterday in response to the topic 'Practise Videos' in the misc forum:

Serenade by Barnaby Southgate (school friend)

Chopin Prelude No.4

Chopin Prelude No.6 (is bigger resolution because I was testing out the quality...turned out not so good Tongue)

Comments and crits highly appreciated, and also your own interpretations (i.e. crescendos/diminuendos, more expression etc etc), I'd love to hear them!

xx Video: Chopin Prelude No.4
April 27, 2006, 11:54:13 PM by instromp

I did this today at school. I dont play this fast as others do. Umm the file was kinda too big for this website, so i had to convert it with this program, it made the vid out of sync with the audio and cuts the vid short about 15 seconds.But i think necessary part of the piece is covered.
Comments and/or advice on how to improve is greatly appreciated




xx Chopin op28 no4 (prepare to be shocked!)
May 31, 2006, 10:33:37 PM by xinox

I was a little bored so I played chopin the way noone ever did:)
I played both guitars, first accoustic background with some poor old guitar and then solo with my new fender:)
Just to cheer you up Smiley

Oh yes, this prelude totally rocks.. It is so *** depressing.. I hear like someone crying when playing this(on piano offcourse).. Every note one tear..  so cool Smiley


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 chopin prelude #4 and #7
February 02, 2007, 03:51:43 AM by pianistimo

#4 #7

xx Prelude Op. 28 no.4 -Chopin
March 02, 2007, 01:09:05 PM by ail

Another prelude I recorded yesterday. I have much less practice with this one, and I'm only coming to terms with it now. I have some difficulty in making the LH sound right,whether it be tempo or dynamic wise. Also, there's a passage marked 'stretto'. I'm not sure what this means, but I've been assuming it must mean 'rigorous', 'somewhat fast'. I had never paid much attention to it, until I heard some recordings in the forum and noticed people slowed down here. I'm not sure, I play it as I've always tried to play it, which is trying to keep the rhythm.
Anyhow, that's why I'm posting it here. To learn, and to hear suggestions for improvement.Oh, and I'm going to check that 'stretto' now anyway.


xx Bernhard on Chopin's prelude op. 28 no. 4
May 21, 2007, 07:15:10 PM by geschema

I just came across this post, where a user called Bernhard gives some very interesting explanations on how to analyze this piece:
he also state that harmonic analysis is a dead end, but unfortunately the thread stops before he gives us the "real" way of analyzing it. Anyone knows if this thread is continued elsewhere? What was it, that he was about to reveal?
Many thanks,

xx Help on Chopin Prelude Opus 28 No 4
May 29, 2007, 09:47:51 PM by piano_monkey

I just started this piece (Chopin Prelude Opus 28 No 4) today and i'm a little stuck.
In measure 16 there is a stop (I think that's what it is called)
I have no experience in reading stops and don't  know what to play.
So the main point of the topic is how do you read stops (or whatever they're called)

Thanks in advance for your help

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