My Piano teacher never lets me play anything from Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninov and so on. According to her, these works need a lot of tempo rubato and she generally avoids giving me any romantic pieces that needs a lot of rubato interpretation. Why? Are my hands too small? Is tempo rubato too difficult to interpret? To me Rubato, as Liszt puts it, is like a tree branch being swayed by the wind. The Trunk of the tree is Solid. Its just like taking some time too breathe and lower your heart rate, after running very fast when your heart rate speeds up. I have always wanted to play Chopin - either for fun or for exams. There is a lot of feeling, emotional depth and expressive feelings and I can play musically -I can capture the mood in his music in my very soul. But when it comes to technique- like tempo rubato- why do some people generally avoid them?