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Ballade No. 1, Op. 23 in G Minor
26
49%
Ballade No. 2, Op. 38 in F Major
2
3%
Ballade No. 3, Op. 47 in A-Flat Major
6
11%
Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 in F Minor
19
35%
 
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Postby Nocturneguy on Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:42 am

Is the third the easiest one? Looking at the sheets, the 1st seems way easier than any other one...for me, that is. The second's coda is hell on earth...
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Postby Jeliness2 on Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:38 pm

Heh, they're all hard. I can't really tell, because if I were to play any one right now, you'd say they're all ::terribly difficult:: with the way I tend to slug through them.

Ballade no.1: Scherzo part and Presto Con Fuoco are the only parts I still stink at! W00t for me!

Ballade no.2: Ummmm, I can play the first page?....

Ballade no.3: Coda is the worst for me. I can't hit the right chords if I tried. Maybe I should ACTUALLY practice it....

Ballade no.4 I've played it through 3 times!
-1st Time: 20 minutes!
-2nd Time: 20 minutes!
-3rd Time: 18 8-)
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Postby Max on Sun Jan 30, 2005 10:34 pm

#2 is pretty nasty.

#4 is obviouisly most difficult.

Dead tie between #3 and #1, because where one is easier, the other is harder....

Im going to try #4 some time...:D
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Postby Nocturneguy on Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:35 pm

I played through 1's presto con fuoco and it's not as hard as the 2's coda...the 4'sd is the worst i'm sure
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Postby Fryderyk on Tue Feb 01, 2005 5:40 pm

Nocturneguy wrote:I played through 1's presto con fuoco and it's not as hard as the 2's coda...the 4'sd is the worst i'm sure


But still...the PCF is not the hardest part of B1

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Postby Max on Tue Feb 01, 2005 10:25 pm

Fryderyk wrote:
Nocturneguy wrote:I played through 1's presto con fuoco and it's not as hard as the 2's coda...the 4'sd is the worst i'm sure


But still...the PCF is not the hardest part of B1


Precisely. And I would also argue that the Ballade #2 PCF is more awkward than the coda.
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Postby Nocturneguy on Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:29 am

What is the hardest part of the ballade 1?
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Postby Jeliness2 on Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:04 am

Scherzo-type part (or leggiero or something) and the octaves part after the chordy section, because it's hard to keep it from sounding mushy. lol that's imo
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Postby PianistSk8er on Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:16 am

Nocturneguy wrote:What is the hardest part of the ballade 1?


I've played this piece many times and, most likely, the part of the piece with which I've had the greatest difficulty begins on page 5 (7/10), leads through the octaves (8/10), gets to piu animato (8/10), then to animato (9.5/10) and then finishes leading on (8/10) to the F# minor chord. Try playing that without a single mistake and your technique will be the largest of my envies!

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Postby aMaDeUs on Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:18 pm

no.4 is the greatest but i have an extra love for no.3. remember the opening of his 3rd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby Fryderyk on Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:39 am

Yes, no3 has been my favourite for quite some time now.

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Postby aMaDeUs on Thu Feb 03, 2005 2:43 pm

i agree with you my friend!
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Postby Peanutman on Tue Feb 08, 2005 3:31 pm

I realised something. At first I used to like ballade no2 best. Cause it has a very distinct middle section and coda that attracts the listener's attention. Sounds real cool. Then I started listening to ballade no 1 closely, and I decided that I like that most. Then my opinions changed subsequently when I listened and studied the rest of the ballades closely. I think it all depends on how closely you listen. I listened while studying the scores and I discovered many impressive melodies, especially no3.
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Postby Nocturneguy on Tue Feb 08, 2005 4:35 pm

No.3 has the best melodies overall. Also the 3rd has the best very beggining and the whole thing is very elegant. I like to think of it as the child ballade, the 4th the father, the second the mother, and the 1st the older brother...haha...
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Postby Peanutman on Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:36 am

I kindof, agree...? But I like Ballade 4's melody most. Ballade 3 is elegant(I agree), ballade 2 is contrast(peaceful and stormy), ballade 1 is powerful and ballade 4 is romantic.
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