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 Post subject: Some Chopin advice please
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:11 am 
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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!

Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Some Chopin advice please
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:24 am 
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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,
Eddy

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 Post subject: Re: Some Chopin advice please
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:44 am 
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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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