Piano Street Sheet Music
Welcome Guest!
Please login
or sign-up.


Chopin: Scherzo 2 Op. 31 in B-flat Minor

Piano Sheet Music to Download and Print or to View in Mobile Devices

Frédéric Chopin - Scherzi :
Scherzo 2, Op. 31
Scherzo 2 Op. 31  in B-flat Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: B-flat Minor Year: -
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (339 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (4120 kB)

Conversation with the dead..?

Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor is especially notable for its sotto voce opening that seems to represent a kind of question and answer. Chopin himself used the piece in his teaching and admonished his pupils to play the first measures in a manner that evoked the image of a mortuary.

The mysterious opening motif, so short and quiet that it's almost inaudible, is followed by a very loud, majestic statement. This exchange happens numerous times before we get to the vibrant flowing melody that is repeated with variation throughout the piece. In the B section, things become quieter and more contemplative. It is almost as if the original "questioning" voice were returning to speak at a greater length, which it does with increasing confidence, making more and more emphatic statements before leading back to the return of the opening section and on to the magnificent coda, one of Chopin’s most tumultuous endings. This is indeed a fascinating piece with an interesting structure, well worth a close study.

Members who like this piece have also downloaded:

Posts in the piano forum about this piece by :

xx Chopin - Scherzo no. 2: Am I ready to play it?
April 17, 2011, 08:42:30 PM by edubia

I have just finished Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2. It's nowhere near "concert quality", but it sounds decent. I've looked through the Scherzo and played through the first page. There's nothing too bad about it (the big run took a little while, but that's it) and it looks like it repeats a lot, so there's not a lot to learn. I don't think it's harder than Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2, right? I've heard people say that there are some big stretches, but I can stretch from a C to the next F in my left hand, and from a C to the next E in my right. That shouldn't be a problem, right?

Also, what are the most difficult parts of the Scherzo?

xx Chopin's Scherzo No.2 or Ballade No.3
July 10, 2009, 09:06:51 PM by pocho

I need some help trying to choose between these 2. I wish I could play both, but I can only learn one. Which do you guys think I should pick?

xx Widmung vs. Scherzo No.2
July 22, 2008, 03:30:22 AM by sevten

I have an upcoming recital in six months and I have narrowed it down to two pieces:
Schumann/Liszt - Widmung
Chopin - Scherzo No.2

What do you think are the pros and cons of each song?  To you, which one is more difficult?  What should I watch out for in each piece?  Thank you for all of your help!

xx Scherzo2 Chopin question
January 06, 2008, 06:35:12 PM by optima

i  just wanted to ask you:  the second time we return to Bb minor (after the A major section), how do you play those arpeggios? Is it wrong to begin from the upper note to the last ? or is it better if i take some time to play the voicings?it can't be strictly on tempo!!

xx Asking opinion about playing Scherzo nº2
September 02, 2006, 01:32:11 PM by kolmogorov


I would like to know your opinion about  if I am prepared for studying Chopin Scherzo nº2 in B flat major.

 The most difficult pieces I play are Chopin etudes 25 nº1 and nº2, and first mvt of Beethoven's
Pathetique Sonata (this one only at 140). How is Scherzo compared to these works?

I've read a post by Berhnard dividing its first part into chunks, so I would like to give it a try.



xx Chopin Scherzo n2
May 17, 2006, 12:19:43 AM by classicalfan

Can someone give some info on how to play this section of the scherzo n2. I have been practicing it for a few hours and my right hand is starting to hurt. anyway.. What would the correct fingering be? I have been using: 5 4321 and then 4321 321

any other advice also welcome


xx Chopin scherzo number 2
May 05, 2006, 09:17:52 PM by psaiko

I have played piano for 10 years. I am finish fantaisie impromptu now. I had some trouble learning this (especially the cross rythm), but after two months I now have it almost at consert level.

My question is how far above my level are the chopin scherzo no.2 or ballad no.1? Could I jump right to one of these, or should I have some more Chopin experience first? I have not played any of his etudes, any advise of (manageable) etudes to prepare me for this?


xx Scherzo no.2 and moonlight 3rd movement
June 13, 2005, 06:26:57 PM by forevere

How long did it take you guys to completely master, and memorize each of these pieces?

Chopin's Scherzo no.2

Beethoven's moonlight sonata 3rd movement, Presto agitato

xx Need help with Chopin's Scherzo
May 28, 2005, 11:51:07 AM by yoshiki

Hi, I can now play Chopin Scherzo no.2 in B flat minor alright. I would like to start the second Scherzo. I am thinking of Scherzo no.1. Can anyone here played this piece and give me some advice? Thanx

xx Ballad#1 or Scherzo#2
March 16, 2005, 08:34:44 PM by pianodude

My teacher told me to play Ballad#1, because, according to her it is easier than Scherzo#2. Is this true?

My teacher likes to teach only pieces that she had played. Otherwise, she is very hesitant.

To me Ballad#1 seems harder to read and demands many more techniques. In addition, I love the sound of Scherzo#2.

Could any of you who had played or tried these two pieces give comment on the level of difficulty of these two pieces.

Thanks in advance. Kiss

Top Pieces
Debussy - Clair de Lune
Beethoven - Für Elise
Beethoven - Piano Sonata, opus 27 no 2 (Moonlight)
Chopin - Nocturne opus 9 no 2
Bach - Goldberg Variations
Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu
Mozart - Piano Sonata in A Major (Alla Turca)
Bach - Invention 1 (authograph manuscript)
Chopin - Raindrop Prelude
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in C# Minor
Chopin - 12 Etudes opus 10
Mozart - Variations in C Major (Twinkle, Twinkle)
Liszt - Piano Sonata in B Minor

What customers say about pianostreet.com:

"All of my students are members of Pianostreet and many of my teacher colleagues have joined as well.
It is an excellent resource for students and teachers alike and there is very rarely any need to visit another website or music store in search of sheet music."

Andrea Boltresz, piano teacher
Robertson, Australia

Read full letter >>

"As a frequent user of pianostreet.com I find it easy to navigate, great value for money and very professional. The pieces are all well-graded and the audio is really useful, especially for pieces not heard before. I have recommended the site to many of my friends who play the piano. Keep up the good work."

Paul, Llansannan, UK.
Read full letter >>

"Wonderful service! [...] I have no reservation in recommending it as a “must” to all pianists, both teachers and students, amateur and professional."
Read full review >>

Dr. Robert J Keane, pianist

"I was in Poland the past summer to give 2 concerts. At the last minute they requested some Chopin, which I had not brought with me. So, I google-searched for classical downloads and found your site. I was able to print out excellent editions of the pieces I needed within minutes. To find the scores locally would have been inpossible as it was a smaller town, the nearest music store 45 minutes away."

Robert York, pianist
Long Beach, California

Read full letter >>

"Piano Street has been a wonderful tool to me as both a pianist and a piano teacher. I can browse the collection for pieces I want to play and/or have my students play. The difficulty rating system that Piano Street uses enables me to search by difficulty level for pieces at my students' various playing levels. It is helpful that many of the scores include an audio clip of the piece being played. I have recommended to my advanced students that they also join Piano Street since getting sheet music from there is a much less expensive alternative to ordering and paying for the music.

Steve D. Allen, Ph.D.
Owner/Piano Teacher, Allen Music Studio
Houston, Texas
Read full letter >>

Read more customer reviews >>

Privacy Policy | FAQ | Contact