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Author Topic: Am I ready for Chopin Scherzo Op.31 No.2???  (Read 485 times)
pianonewbie2002
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« on: July 12, 2017, 02:10:06 PM »

Hi guys

I'm 14 and comes from Vietnam (this is my first post on this forum, so sorry for bad English  Cheesy). I'm having trouble with deciding the next piece to add to my repertoire. I have played quite a lot of Chopin music, especially the Etudes (learned Op.10 No.5,9,12 and Op.25 No.1,2,3,5,9). So am I ready for Chopin Scherzo Op.31 (both technically and musically)Huh Or are there any pieces that you guys think that I am well prepared for, cuz I really love playing the Ballades (but afraid that those are out of my reach).

Thank you so so much =))).

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 02:16:45 AM »

Have you played any other works by Chopin(polonaises, nocturnes, valses, etc.)
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Schumann Kreisleriana Op.16
Scriabin Sonata No.4 Op.30
Rach Op.42
Prok Toccata
Future:
-Resume Ravel Concerto G
-Bach BWV 831
-Chopin Concerti 1 and 2
-Maybe Beethoven waldstein
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2017, 09:25:21 AM »

I have played those by Chopin:

- Polonaises: Op.40 No.1, Op.26 No.1
- Waltzes: Waltz in A minor Op.posth, Op.18, Op.34 No.1,2,3
- Nocturnes: Op.9 no 1,2, Op.62 No.2, Op.72 No.1
- Preludes: No.3,4,17,18,22
- Berceuse and Variations Brillante

But I have heard that the Scherzi or Ballades require a huge leap of musicality from pieces I have played.
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2017, 03:40:30 PM »

Stop being a wuss and just do it.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2017, 04:24:10 PM »

Stop being a wuss and just do it.
what he said.
or do another piece that is just as hard, or more difficult, then you'll be sure you can nail it.

might i suggest Medtner's 2nd movement to the Sonata Romantica.
man this thing rocks, and it's short, less than 5 minutes, but all 4:50 are difficult and the music is awesome , he doesn't waste a single note!
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 05:02:37 PM »

Time to hijack this thread.
I've always loved the Medtner scherzo but I will prolly never play it because of the 12th chords during the climax.

Come on, the hell does she do it?

Edit: nevermind just checked the score, they're 10th/9th chords I can reach that.
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2017, 09:49:15 AM »

Re the topic—I would say go for it. My dad plays Op. 31 and he is blind >.>

I have sightread the Scherzi, Ballades and Polonaise-Fantasy alongside numerous Chopin etudes and don't think they're significantly harder, it's just that they are much longer and therefore require a) endurance and b) a good understanding of the underlying phrase rhythm.
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2017, 07:44:52 AM »

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- Polonaises: Op.40 No.1, Op.26 No.1
- Waltzes: Waltz in A minor Op.posth, Op.18, Op.34 No.1,2,3
- Nocturnes: Op.9 no 1,2, Op.62 No.2, Op.72 No.1
- Preludes: No.3,4,17,18,22
- Berceuse and Variations Brillante

 Shocked Why are you even asking? You have a very strong Chopin repertoire base. You could probably play any of the ballades or scherzi (except perhaps Ballade No. 4, one of the hardest pieces of music EVER WRITTEN) ...

Good luck, and have fun!
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Auditioning to U of O school of music:
Bach WTC Bk 1 No. 10
Beethoven Op. 81a (I.)
Rachmaninoff Op. 32 No. 10
Future:
Liszt Wilde Jagd, Dante, HR 6
Chopin Ballade 3
Beethoven Op. 57
Prokofiev
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