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Topic: How to roll the chords in Chopin's etude Op.10 No.11?  (Read 2065 times)

Offline pianoworthy

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Should you roll both hands at the same time, or from the bottom note to the top? I know this is an old debate,  but I'm still not sure what the general consensus on this is. My edition of the Chopin etudes happens to be the Friedheim Shirmer's edition, and it makes a rather persuasive case that the arpeggios should be played from the bottom note to the top and that this is true for all of Chopin's arpeggios (although I'm very ambivalent about the publisher Shirmer when it comes to Chopin. I feel like the fingering suggestions are unnecessarily convoluted in all of their editions regardless of the editor). I know there's a lot of different editions of Chopin's music that don't agree with each other and most pianists seem to play both arpeggios together when searching youtube videos. Valentina Lisitsa plays them from bottom to top though.

Offline piulento

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Re: How to roll the chords in Chopin's etude Op.10 No.11?
Reply #1 on: July 01, 2017, 09:27:48 AM
I personally think they should be played bottom to top, but this isn't me playing the etude, is it? The important thing is what YOU think sounds best, not what the consensus is. Have fun :)

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Re: How to roll the chords in Chopin's etude Op.10 No.11?
Reply #2 on: July 02, 2017, 08:29:38 PM
I personally roll both hands simultaneously but, honestly, never thought too much about it, and the reason I do that is probably just because I can't play the rolls fast enough to maintain note accuracy and a sense of six quavers to the bar.

I also arpeggiate the chords before the beat instead of on it. No idea whether that's allowed either.
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