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#57415 - 01/26/12 03:16 PM Beginning Chopin Pieces
alidoremi Offline
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What pieces and in what order do you introduce the works of Chopin?

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#57417 - 01/26/12 04:00 PM Re: Beginning Chopin Pieces [Re: alidoremi]
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I like the Album Leaf in a minor as a first piece, then a prelude or two, the F Major Mazurka, the c minor nocturne (the one with the RH dotted rhythm).

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#57419 - 01/26/12 04:08 PM Re: Beginning Chopin Pieces [Re: Arlene Steffen]
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I usually start with Prelude in e (Op. 28, No. 4) and/or the posthumous Waltz in a.
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#57430 - 01/27/12 08:40 AM Re: Beginning Chopin Pieces [Re: Stanny]
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There is a book by Alfred I believe, called Chopin, An Introduction to His Piano Works. It has the Waltz in A, Prelude in E, Album Leaf, etc.

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#57434 - 01/27/12 10:28 AM Re: Beginning Chopin Pieces [Re: AshleyJane]
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While I'm not a big fan of arranged pieces there is a great book called "My First Chopin". The pieces are ridiculously simplified but they are great for little kids who want to play "nice" music right away or older beginners who don't like to spend years to get to real music. My student recently had a lot of fun with a Nocturne (originally in E flat Major) which is simplified and in G Major.
But for those who are ready to start the real thing I totally agree with AshleyJane. "Introduction to Chopin's Works" is a great book.

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#57438 - 01/27/12 12:49 PM Re: Beginning Chopin Pieces [Re: Anya]
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Mmm... these are students are actually 'ready' for Chopin, not little kids. I stay away from arranged classical music (unless it's a piece that's not originally written for piano, like orchestra themes, opera, ballet, etc...).

Thanks for all the suggestions!

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#57441 - 01/27/12 02:07 PM Re: Beginning Chopin Pieces [Re: alidoremi]
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I use the Alfred's Masterworks edition of Chopin, An Introduction to His Piano Works, as well. The Mazurka's are great to begin with. Currently a student is learning the Nocturne in C minor, Posthumous. She loves it and the 3 against 2 rhythm is just challenging enough. Any thoughts on learning those 3 against 2 sections?

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#57464 - 01/28/12 12:20 PM Re: Beginning Chopin Pieces [Re: Gabriele]
Louise Mann Offline
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At our local association meeting yesterday, Joyce Grill (composer of many student pieces for Alfred & other publishers), gave a presentation on moving students from method books to Romantic literature. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to scan and copy her handout into this email. But here are her suggestions for Preludes and Nocturnes:

Preludes
Footprints, Vandall, Alfred
Lyric Preludes, Gillock
Preludes, Grill, Alfred
Character Pieces, Grill, Warner
Prelude in am Kabalevsky, Alfred
Arietta, Grieg
Preludes, Chopin
Preludes, Scriabin

Nocturnes
A Sad Tale, Karp, Willis
Brush of Autumn, Vandall, Alfred
Stars and Wind, Rollin, Alfred
Nocturne, Rollin, Alfred
Nocturne, Sheftel, Fischer
Nocturne, Grill, Warner
Nocturne in Eb, Alexander, Alfred
Poland, Grill, Warner
Nocturne, Field
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#57467 - 01/28/12 07:08 PM Re: Beginning Chopin Pieces [Re: Louise Mann]
alidoremi Offline
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Great list! Thanks for posting these.

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