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How will You Sound on Horowitz’s CD 503?

While many pianists who have played on Horowitz's favourite piano agree that the action is even and it is a pleasure to play the instrument, it is clearly not the only magic bullet required to reach Horowitz's level of artistic mastery. Hear the master and his instrument in this legendary Vienna Recital. Read more >>

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ponecorleone
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« on: March 11, 2005, 06:40:38 PM »

how hard is the ballade in g minor to learn, compared to etudes 1 /4 //12
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paris
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2005, 07:43:33 PM »

much much harder
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2005, 08:14:51 PM »

much much harder

Yep. The Ballade presents every difficulty. There aren't any musical difficulties in those etudes really.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2005, 02:21:04 AM »

much much harder
Well, I played this ballad a long time ago and I think it is easy. Techniques are easy but the feelings are hard. It is very important to feel this music, like my teacher always tell me. It is a great piece. I really liked it.
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2005, 07:41:20 AM »

If you look at the piece by individual sections, it's not as difficult as you think. However, all of Chopin's ballades incorporate all the techniques you learn from his etudes. So they are both technically and musically harder than his etudes. G minor is one of my all-time favourites, though. It'll prove to be rewarding in the end, so go for it!   
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2005, 11:27:39 AM »

I think the most important thing about this Ballade is to have developed a feel for and a knowledge of the music that comes from listening to it. Listen to a number of recordings, and analyse the music. The thing about Chopin's music is that it's easy to play badly, even if technically it's done well.

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