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Talking Bach with Pianist Ramin Bahrami
Iranian pianist Ramin Bahrami is considered one of today's most interesting interpreters of Johann Sebastian Bach's music. A regular performer at Cremona Musica, Bahrami and flutist Massimo Mercelli presented works from their latest CD, "Bach Sanssouci", on the Decca label. Piano Street's Patrick Jovell was happy to get the chance to talk to the inspirational performer. Read more >>

Topic: Chopin  (Read 7024 times)

Offline Pumpkinhead

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Chopin
on: July 09, 2004, 11:02:36 PM
Which is the hardest out of all the Scherzo's and Ballades? Which one's the easiest?

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Re: Chopin
Reply #1 on: July 09, 2004, 11:10:14 PM
I would say the f minor ballade (no.4) is the hardest. As for the easiest, it is hard to say, easy is not a word I would associte with these pieces!!! :)

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Re: Chopin
Reply #2 on: July 09, 2004, 11:51:47 PM
They are all very difficult. However this much may be said:

1.      The scherzos may be easier than the ballades because they follow a much more rigid “form” (ABA) with very well defined sections and lots of repetitions. The ballades in comparison have a much more freer, evolving form.

2.      Amongst the scherzos I would start with Op. 20 (no. 1 Bm) and then op. 31 (no. 2 Bb)

3.      Amongst the ballades, I would probably start with op. 47 (no. 3 Ab), and I agree with JK that Op. 52 (no. 4 – Fm) is arguably the most difficult.

By the way, this is just an opinion.

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Bernhard.
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Re: Chopin
Reply #3 on: July 10, 2004, 12:02:55 AM
Yeah, thanks guys. I'm learning Scherzo in Bb minor, for a competition. Is this peice too easy for an amateur competition? who knows.

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Re: Chopin
Reply #4 on: July 10, 2004, 12:32:47 AM
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Is this peice too easy for an amateur competition? who knows.


No. Like Bernhard said, they are all difficult. They are all advanced pieces.
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