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Chopin: Scherzo 1 Op. 20 in B Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Scherzi :
Scherzo 1, Op. 20
Scherzo 1 Op. 20  in B Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: B Minor Year: -
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (285 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (3528 kB)

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xx VIDEO: Chopin Scherzo Op. 20 No. 1 in B minor
February 11, 2011, 03:45:43 AM by nathan_qi

Nathan just learned this piece. He is preparing a local small competition. Any comments will be highly appreciated.

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xx Chopin - Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20 by Enzo
November 20, 2010, 06:20:39 PM by emill

One of several pieces that my son Enzo is preparing for a recital sometime
February 2011.  Your comments and suggestions will be most appreciated.
So many thanks ......

xx Chopin Scherzo No. 1, Op. 20 - the Polish Christmas Carol
November 16, 2010, 02:10:44 PM by bach_ko

Recently I have decided to make a better recording of my old repertoire for future use. I am learning back Chopin Scherzo no.1 that I played in 2007. I noticed that there are some strange dynamic markings appeared in other editions which is different from the one I learned (Schirmer). In the middle section (of Schirmer), there is a long cresc. being carried straight through to bar 4 while Peters edition has < > within the first two bars. Does anyone know which one is correct?

xx Which pieces should I choose?Liszt, Rach, Chopin or Debusyy?
October 29, 2010, 07:33:10 PM by keyb0ardfweak


It's my first year in the conservatory and I wanted to ask all of you what you would recommend me to do.

Btw, I am in the 7th year of 10

I ask opinions here. The only problem is if I am doing correctly or not.
Because my teacher believes I can and she demands me to play this on december and on may...

Anyways, the pieces I would like to choose are:

- Liszt - "Ballade no.1" (This one has to be in May) or "Un suspiro etude"
- Rachmaninoff - "Prelude Op.3 no.2" or "Prelude Op.23 no.5"
- Scarlatti - "K.141" or "K.87"
- Chopin - "Scherzo Op.20" or "Etude Op.10 no.8"
- Debussy - One of the "Images" book, AND, I was thinking of "L'isle joyeuse"

On december I have to play Bach's Prelude and fugue 2 (WTC 1), Chopin's etude op.10 no.6 and Scarlatti's Sonata "K.141"..I would like to play something more challenging..

Now..I have a BIG problem

Personally, she tells me, and some other friends that I can play all of that stuff!!
But..I don't feel like I can!!=S

I am 19 years old and I've been playing since 11-12

I would like you to help me on how to memorize all of this o.O

It seems hard for me

xx What is harder chopin revolutiary étude or scherzo 1?
June 13, 2010, 06:42:40 AM by max747

I just finished the scherzo b minor by Chopin but I want to know if starting on the rev étude would be a step back. Some say it is one of the easier etudes but I don't know.I just started sightreading it for ten minutes and skipped around from section to section. The middle section and end contain some difficulties and thus I am thinking of pusing it what do I do

xx (Video) Chopin Scherzo no 1 op 20
April 15, 2010, 07:08:34 PM by jagm

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xx Ok let me try this again
March 16, 2009, 09:01:12 PM by tyler_johnson

I apologize if there was some confusion about my last post regarding the Chopin Scherzo.  I've re-created the audio file to better illustrate my point.  There are no notes that have been changed from Chopin's original composition.  Have a listen:


What I was trying to point out is that it sounds good if it were in 4/4 as well, and I think I like this phrasing better than the 3/4 version.  It sounds more melodic.

The first section of the mp3 is in 3/4 and the 2nd section is in 4/4.

xx Question regarding Chopin Scherzo No. 1
March 13, 2009, 03:05:18 AM by tyler_johnson

I just started learning this piece and I don't have a piano teacher to answer me these questions so I was hoping you guys could help me out.  I have 2 questions about this Scherzo, one is this:

Right toward the end of the first section, we see this:


Which sounds like this:


But every recording I've heard of this piece everyone plays it like this:


Which would look like this:


(no ties on the bass clef B notes).

Why is this?  Am I missing something here?

And another thing is, during the 2nd section (right after the first repeat) I have ran into this and I've seen it before, but it's a note with a double accidental.  It's a C in the bass clef with a natural AND a sharp sign before it, then the same thing in the same measure in the right hand, we have an F with a natural AND a sharp accidental.  Which one do I play?  Is the note sharp or natural?


xx chopin's scherzo no 1 in B minor, op 20
February 17, 2008, 08:39:57 AM by bach_ko

hi... this is my recording.. playing chopin's scherzo no 1 in B minor, op 20

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grin chopin's scherzo no 1 in B minor, op 20 (sorry i forgot to post up the link)
January 23, 2008, 09:02:54 AM by bach_ko

hi... this is my recording.. playing chopin's scherzo no 1 in B minor, op 20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp1H49HvlGM Tongue

xx [youtube] Chopin Scherzo no.1, op.20
November 08, 2007, 08:15:28 PM by classical pianist


welcome all comments and critisms...  Smiley (always)

plus... please let me know what you think of the tempo I choose... Slow / not slow. Most people choose a much faster tempo than I do.

xx Chopin - Scherzo No.1 in B Minor
October 30, 2007, 07:48:52 PM by g.gould

My performance of Chopin scherzo at a local competition.
Hope you'll like it Smiley

BTW I won the first place at this competition Smiley

xx Chopin - Scherzo No. 1 in b Op. 20 (recorded today)
August 24, 2007, 03:30:58 PM by cardinals


xx Chopin - Scherzo No. 1 in b Op. 20
May 22, 2007, 03:56:24 PM by cardinals

I just recorded the first three pages...if you have any comments or pieces of advice, please let me know.

P.S. Since I had to record it in the dormitory, I set the volume a bit low...so when you listen you need to maximize the volume (both CPU and player)

xx Chopin first scherzo
August 10, 2006, 10:43:26 PM by erak

This is a live rec I made back in May.. It's quite sloppily played, I didn't really have the chance to warm up that much and the (quite crappy) piano was sorta heavy. But oh well, thought this might be interesting to put up anyway. I played it much better on my exam about 2 months later, but this piece is still too hard for me anyway, enjoy Wink.

xx Chopin Sk-air-tzo No. 1 ;)
March 29, 2006, 08:58:06 PM by jlh

I recently found a TAPE recording of me playing this scherzo at a competition when I was 15 years old.  I made an mp3 of the tape and thought I'd share it with you all here.

This was made nearly 10 years ago, and I'd been playing for 4.5 years at that point.

Enjoy -- there are a few finger slips, and listening to it now is ...um... interesting, but I think there are still some very good parts in it.

What do you think?

xx Chopin - Scherzo No.1
March 27, 2006, 02:17:34 PM by quantum

Mic: (2x) Studio Projects B1
Interface: Edirol UA-25
Reverb: Adobe Audition preset - Medium Concert Hall Crisp
Piano: Yamaha C3


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