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Some Chopin advice please

Discussion in 'Repertoire' started by mike2aces, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. mike2aces

    mike2aces New Member

    Dec 6, 2011
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    Hello flying fingered friends: With not a little effort I have gotten Chopin's preludes 4, 6, 7, 15 and 20 pretty well learned. In terms of technical difficulty what prelude should be next? (I guess #2 in Am might be next but after reading what seems to be rather universal disdain for it, I am open to skipping it.)

    Should I look at a nocturne, waltz, mazurka, or his cantabile instead? I've already tackled Mazurka in Gm op 67 #2, Nocturne in Cm op post #21 and I'm almost done with his Waltz in Am op post.

    My goal is to develop as large a Chopin repertoire as possible while becoming more and more proficient at the instrument. I hope that each piece will help me develop technically. As far as the "musical" difficulty, I am very satisfied with something that will take me a lifetime... That's what's so great about Chopin!

  2. musical-md

    musical-md Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Using an old (but still useful) Course of Study Syllabus for Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music - Toronto (RCMT), it shows the following for Chopin:

    Grade 6 (no Chopin prior)
    Valse in A minor Op. Post.

    Grade 7
    Mazurka in A -Flat, Op.24, No.3
    Mazurka in A Minor, Op.68, No.2
    Prelude in E Minor, Op.28, No.4

    Grade 8
    Mazurkas Op.7, No 2; Op. 24, No1; Op.67, No.2.
    Nocturnes Op.9, No.2; Op.15, No.3.
    Waltzes Op.64, No.1 (?!? This must be a mistake); Op.69, Nos. 1 & 2; Op.70, No.2

    Grade 9
    Mazurkas Op.6, No.1; Op. 68, No.1
    Nocturnes Op.32, No.1; Op.37, No.1; Op.55 No.1; Op. Post in C# Minor
    Prelude in Db Major, Op.28, No.15
    Waltzes Op.64, Nos 2 & 3; Op.70, Nos 1 & 3.

    Grade 10
    Impromptu in A-Flat Major, Op.29
    Prelude in C# Minor Op.45 (A really beautiful work!)
    Mazurkas Op.24/4, Op.33/3&4; Op.63/1
    Nocturnes Op.9/1, Op.15/1, Op.15/2, Op.32/2, Op.72/1
    Polonaises Op.26/1, Op.40/1
    Mayonnaise: Any brand
    Waltzes Op.18, Op.34/1, Op. Post. in E minor

    ARCT (Associateship of the Royal Conservatory of Music - Toronto)
    Ballade, Any
    Berceuse Op.57
    Fantasie-Impromptu, Op.66
    Impromptu Op.36
    Nocturnes Op.27/1 or 2, Op.37/2, Op.48/1, Op.62/1
    Polonaise Op.53
    Preludes Op.28 (Any but 4, 6, 7, 15 and 20)
    Scherzo, Any

    There you have it! Knock yourself out ... and have a great time pursuing your dream!

    Best wishes,
  3. mike2aces

    mike2aces New Member

    Dec 6, 2011
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    Thanks Dr. Eddy; I found the polonaises, could you please provide the opus numbers for the mayonnaises? :?

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