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Welcome to the library section of the site. There is a description of each type of work he composed, and a link to a description of each work individually.

Chopin's works are some of the most beautiful and sensational things to have ever been composed. Each has its own world and originality which surpasses the next, which makes it simply impossible to select a favorite. But why should such a task be necessary? :-P



Etudes

The Chopin Etudes are very difficult pieces written for piano solo. They were written between 1829 and 1836 and each one presents a different technical goal to be accomplished. (i.e. arpeggios, left hand melodies, cross-rythms...) Despite their technical purpose, they are also very beautiful and have some very nice melodies and are commonly included in the repertoires of pianists today.


Click here for a description/recording of each one individually.



Waltzes

Waltzes, ahh yes, we all dance to them. :) Chopin wrote many waltzes (the most famous being the Minute Waltz). The wonderful rythm, melody and elegance of the waltzes make them a great choice for pianists and audiences today. Each waltz varies differently in technical difficulty and length.


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Nocturnes

Ahh so sad. The nocturnes are arguably the most beautiful pieces ever composed by Chopin. Each one has such a beautiful melancolic melody which makes the performer and audience want to tear. :( The most famous Nocturne is probably his Nocturne in C sharp Minor, posth. which was used twice in the movie The Pianist.


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Preludes

Chopin's 24 preludes are very similar to his Etudes Op. 10 & Op. 25. He composed them after having studied Bach's "The well-tempered klavier" which explains the cirle of tonalities employed. Robert Schumann: "I would term the Preludes strange. They are sketches, beginnings of Etudes, or, so to speak, ruins, individual eagle pinions, all disorder and wild confusions."

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Ballades

Chopin's 4 Ballades have been the most inspirational pieces of music that some claim to have ever heard. Each one is a large-scale masterpiece with the wildest climaxes and most unbelieveably beautiful melodies ever. They are each quite technically difficult in this is order, arguably from easiest to most difficult, 3, 1 = 2, 4. Never have we encountered a piece by any other composer that has left us with the same effect as these Ballades. Truly well done, Chopin. :)

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:: Etudes ::

:: Waltzes ::

:: Nocturnes ::

:: Preludes ::

:: Ballades ::


:: Complete worklist ::



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