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Poll

Which Ballades of Chopin do you like the most?

Ballade No. 1 in G minor op. 32
Ballade No. 2 in A minor op. 38
Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major op. 47
Ballade No. 4 in F minor op. 52

Chopin Ballades (Read 2190 times)

Offline Bouter Boogie

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Chopin Ballades
« on: June 12, 2005, 04:21:41 PM »
Almost the same poll as my previous one  ;D Expect this one is about the Ballades instead of the Scherzi  :)

Anyway, I luv the 2nd and 4th Ballade, but if I have to choose of them I'd pick the 4th  :-*
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Offline Kassaa

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #1 on: June 12, 2005, 04:46:24 PM »
All of them.
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Offline steinwayguy

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #2 on: June 12, 2005, 05:36:21 PM »
I'm surprised nobody's picked the third yet, it was my favorite for a long time.

Offline musicsdarkangel

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #3 on: June 12, 2005, 05:39:43 PM »
definitely 4.  I used to love the 1st :(

but MY GOD is it overplayed.

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #4 on: June 12, 2005, 07:39:30 PM »
1st- way overplayed yet beautiful

2nd- used to be a little bit underrated, but one of my top two

3rd- also amazing but not fit to my taste as much as other 3 (although this sounds stupid  ;) )

4th- on my top at this moment, usually considered as most challenging but i think very natural to play it
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Offline nanabush

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #5 on: June 13, 2005, 02:04:37 AM »
I love the third Ballade when it changes into C sharp minor, it's so awesome@
Interested in discussing:

-Prokofiev Toccata
-Scriabin Sonata 2

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #6 on: June 13, 2005, 02:53:52 AM »
most liked to least:
4,1,2,3

I agree, number 1 is quite overplayed but its got a great melody!

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #7 on: June 14, 2005, 08:17:50 PM »
All Ballades are tragic except #3. 

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #8 on: June 14, 2005, 09:45:08 PM »
Ballad N1 is the lover's ballad
Ballad N2 is the bomb's ballad
Ballad N3 is the young couple's ballad
Ballad N4 is the hardest ballad :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Offline etudes

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #9 on: June 16, 2005, 09:54:03 PM »
1st overplayed (even i learn it at this moment) very beautiful
2nd very different of 2 sections between choral part and storming part and a great difficult coda
3rd very beautiful too. also overplayed in my country the most strange ballade in all 4 in my movement.
4th very beautiful and difficult i would like to try once
just my 2 cents
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Offline mlsmithz

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #10 on: June 17, 2005, 01:23:11 AM »
The ballades have always been on roughly equal footing in my list of preferences (not so the scherzi or impromptus, of which Chopin also wrote four each (counting the Fantasie-Impromptu as an impromptu) - preference lists there running 4-3-2-1 and 3-2-FI-1 respectively); if pressed, I'd probably name the F major as my favourite, and while I do like the G minor, the fact that it is the most overplayed of the four by a wide margin probably pushes it to the bottom of the list.  The A-flat major and F minor are probably more or less even between the two.

Offline puppetmaster

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #11 on: June 20, 2005, 12:46:12 AM »
The 3rd. It makes me feel like...a baby  :)
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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #12 on: June 20, 2005, 01:52:43 AM »
i like the bomb.
do you know why benches fall apart?  it is because they have lids with little tiny hinges so you can store music inside them.  hint:  buy a bench that does not hinge.  buy it for sturdiness.

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #13 on: June 20, 2005, 05:51:41 PM »
i really like the Coda of the Bomb ;)

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #14 on: June 20, 2005, 09:20:40 PM »
1,4,3,2
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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #15 on: June 22, 2005, 01:00:42 AM »
love the ballad no.1 the most,  then a tie between 3 and 4, then 2.

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Re: Chopin Ballades
«Reply #16 on: June 22, 2005, 11:46:56 AM »
4, 1, 3, 2,

4 is hard and good. 1 is (once again) overplayed.



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