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Postby Amnesia on Fri Aug 27, 2004 9:49 pm

What pieces would you rate as being the easiest (technically) and hardest of all Chopin's works? What about in terms of interpretation?

I guess the easiest piece would be the prelude no.7 op.28, but the hardest I don't know...
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Postby Jeliness2 on Fri Aug 27, 2004 9:51 pm

easiest: Chopin Preludes no.7 or 20
or some mazurkas. (depends on player's strength points)

Hardest:

heres a few:
2 concerti
3rd Sonata
4th Ballade
Etudes Op.10 no.1,2,4,7
Op.25 no.8,9,10,11,12
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Postby virtuoso_735 on Sat Aug 28, 2004 12:32 am

Easiest...hm...I don't really think there are "easy" Chopin pieces, since all contain some difficulty in interpretation, but in terms of technical difficulty, perhaps prelude no.7 in A major or no.4 in E minor. Though the former has a large arpeggio stretch, and the no.7 has some big chords in the left hand.

Hardest Chopin pieces are probably the two piano concerti, the sonatas no.2 and 3, the fourth ballade, certain etudes, Fantasie in F minor, Barcarolle, a one movement work for piano and orchestra which i forgot the name of (i think it was something like Allegro concert or something argh..), and the Krakow (sp?) rondo, and also the Variations on a theme by Mozart.
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Postby Flaming Buttocks of Doom on Sat Aug 28, 2004 12:36 am

Easiest must surely be the 4th Prelude.

Hardest? I wouldn't know.
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Postby Jeliness2 on Sat Aug 28, 2004 12:52 am

no.4 is harder than no.7, because of the repetitive left hand chords. the piece must be sotto voce.
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Postby Flaming Buttocks of Doom on Sat Aug 28, 2004 12:58 am

Nope, I disagree. No.7 calls for a very good sense of time and space, not to mention chord balancing. Playing the A Maj prelude and making it sound convincing, and not just rambling through the notes, is much more difficult than the fourth.
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Postby Jeliness2 on Sat Aug 28, 2004 1:00 am

well, just my opinion. i agree that no.7 is hard to balance out the rubato.
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Postby Flaming Buttocks of Doom on Sat Aug 28, 2004 1:07 am

Listen to the average pianist's playing of no.7, and the average person's playing of no.4. What you'll find is that on average, the performance of no.4 from the same person is more convincing.

Well, each to his own. It's what opinions are for. 8)
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Postby Jeliness2 on Sat Aug 28, 2004 1:09 am

yup.

Nice name! :):-P
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Postby Flaming Buttocks of Doom on Sat Aug 28, 2004 1:10 am

Why thank you. :)I like my name quite well too :)
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Postby PianistSk8er on Sat Aug 28, 2004 1:16 am

The easiest.. I wouldn't really know.

Hardest, maybe Ballade 4, Concerto 2, 3, Fantasie, Grande Polonaise Brilante.. hmm there are many! :o
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Postby WinterWind_23 on Sat Aug 28, 2004 1:22 am

Easiest: op28 no.7, no.20

Hardest: Concerto no.1 and no.2, ballade 4, fantasie in Fm.

IMO, those are the easiest and hardest. The discrepancies are obviously great. I haven't experience with any of the hardest I list, so I do not know if I my opinion on this is credible.
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Postby Colin on Sat Aug 28, 2004 2:41 am

Easiest: Op. 28, No. 7. (Nos. 4 and 6 are also easy, but I think they require a lot more emotional depth.)

Hardest: Grande Polonaise Brilliante, Op. 22, and obviously the Sonatas and Concertos.
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Postby Scriabinist on Sat Aug 28, 2004 11:33 am

Easiest: Cantabile in B flat, Wiosna

Hardest: No idea

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Postby Medtner on Sat Aug 28, 2004 2:18 pm

Jeliness2 wrote:
Hardest:

Op.25 no. 9


Really? I think that one isn't too hard at all.
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