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Chopin: Waltz in A Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Waltzes :
Waltz, Op. posth.
Waltz Op. posth.  in A Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: A Minor Published: -
Level: 5 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Instructive - all parts (350 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (533 kB)
piano music mp3 recording Waltz Op. posth. - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)

Chopin’s last waltz?

This Waltz by Chopin was unearthed as late as the 1950s, together with another previously unknown waltz in E flat major (no 18) by the American pianist Byron Janis, at Chateau Thoiry near Paris, France. A few years later he repeated his discovery at the Yale University, where he found two other unknown versions of the same Waltzes!

This is one of the more introspective and melancholy of Chopin’s waltzes. It was composed near the end of the composer’s life, perhaps even as late as 1849, when he was very weak and surely realised that he didn’t have much time left to live.



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Practice & Performance Tips:
As in any piece by Chopin, focus on a cantabile playing and make use of the tempo rubato.

Many of Chopin’s waltzes are in an ABA form - they have 3 sections, which many times are punctuated by repeat signs. Find these sections and add capital letters (A) and (B) at the beginning of each section. Then use the directions listed below to practice each section.

1 – Practice the left hand only first.
a) Play the downbeats only (bass notes) going from one measure to another. Note the pattern outlined by this bass line and memorize it, speaking the note names as you play.
b) Likewise, play the second beat only (chords) going from one measure to the next. Note the pattern outlined by these chords and note the voice leading. Can you play the chords lightly, with firm fingers and a supple wrist?

2 – Practice the right hand only.
Following the phrasing correctly gives continuity to your playing. Note the slurs - Chopin was very specific with markings - and make sure that the notes under these slurs are played legato.
Do not forget to add shape to your lines and to breathe between phrases.

If you play the ornaments lightly, your lines will sound smoother.... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.


Posts in the piano forum about this piece by :

xx Help-Ornaments in Chopin Waltz in A Minor
April 05, 2010, 08:55:04 PM by albertf1

Can someone tell me how to play the ornaments in measures 35, above the C#, and 51 above the E in the Waltz in A minor by Chopin. Thanks for any help.


xx A minor Waltz - Chopin
July 30, 2010, 07:45:43 AM by rubanetti

Well now its time for hollydays, but before i want to show you my last record.

The posthume waltz in A minor of Friederich Chopin. When you see the score its seems not to be finish, because there are no indications of dynamics, but it is still beautifull. I hope you enjoy.

In Spanish:

http://rubanetti.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/vals-en-la-menor-friederich-chopin/

or in youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmNgThf_i4U

regards



xx Pedal and fingering with Frédéric CHOPIN: Waltz in A minor (Op. Posth.) [v01]
June 06, 2011, 03:05:37 PM by goodtone

Hi, I'm around about the grade III level of ability and self taught. I have the ABRSM book of some of Chopins "easier pieces Smiley".  I noticed that there are no pedal marks displayed but listening  versions on youtube I found the pedal to be used. I would think the piece would be quite choppy without the use of the pedal. Just wondering what your thoughts are? Also, the RH fingering given uses 1,2,1 in a couple of phrases and I was finding it quite awkward using a TU approach do a 1,2,1 (Index finger seems to get in the way, unlike a 1,3,1 movement) and a TO seemed to be more natural for this. I'm self taught and am going through the John Thompson, Grade III at the moment but have so far not come across using a 1,2,1 movement which felt a bit awkward  ?

thanks, Shaun


xx Chopin, Waltz Am
August 15, 2013, 11:43:35 AM by stefo78


Hello everyone, this is my first post and please feel free to leave any advice and comment about my piano playing and to improve myself.
I don't think it is always easy to play an apparent easy piece, do you ?
How to improve my musicality and feelings at my best ?



Thanks by advance,
Stephane




xx VIDEO: A Charming Chopin Waltz
July 02, 2016, 08:36:45 AM by josh93248

Hi everyone, I just uploaded a video of me playing a Chopin Waltz.



I quite enjoy playing this little piece and I'm going to work on two more small Waltzes in future before moving on to the main body of them.


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