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Topic: Chopin A major prelude big chord  (Read 19792 times)

Offline schiu

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Chopin A major prelude big chord
on: March 19, 2007, 12:58:56 AM
I am learning Chopin's Op. 28 No. 7 prelude.  When you get to the 12th bar there is his huge chord which most scores indicate should be rolled, but the original score suggests it should be played all at once.

My hands are *just* big enough to play the full chord in one piece if I stretch it until it hurts.

Any opinios as to the right way to do this?  Does it make a significant difference in the way the music feels if you play it together rather than roll it?
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Offline Kassaa

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Re: Chopin A major prelude big chord
Reply #1 on: March 19, 2007, 11:47:48 AM
You can use your thumb for playing the A# and the C# at the same time.

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Re: Chopin A major prelude big chord
Reply #2 on: March 27, 2007, 04:05:26 AM

Thats right. My score indicates that the thumb should play both of the bottom notes.

Failing that, perhaps you could just sack the bottom note? I know that is far from ideal, but Im not sure you any other options in this case.

Im not sure where all of the notes fit into the chord though. If that bottom note (in the RH that is) is crucial to the chord, then perhaps sack the note above and roll it quick?

SJ

Offline nightingale11

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Re: Chopin A major prelude big chord
Reply #3 on: April 13, 2007, 08:58:16 PM
Another solution is to arpeggiate the chord playing the highest note with you left hand.

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Re: Chopin A major prelude big chord
Reply #4 on: April 14, 2007, 03:33:39 PM
In this case I don't think it is more beautiful to play a solid chord than a rolled one, even if it is physically possible.  I can also play it, but I roll it, because if he wanted just a chord without an arpeggiation, he wouldn't have written so many notes.

Walter Ramsey

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Re: Chopin A major prelude big chord
Reply #5 on: April 15, 2007, 06:56:19 PM
Another solution is to arpeggiate the chord playing the highest note with you left hand.

Hey, I tried owt ur idea n it sounded tres beau!!! Been strugglin wiv this chord  ??? n i wld ask ma piano teachr bt its da easter hols! :P Anyway i luv ur idea n i fink it works really well.  ;D
Hannie
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