Chopin Op 28 — 24 Preludes

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The world, in under an hour.

My piano crush Víkingur Ólafsson recorded this on his 2011 album "Chopin / Bach" and it's good. I've worked on nos. 4, 7, and 20 myself, 20 is 13 bars of pure pedal-driven drama that opens fortissimo.

devops mom (silby), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:07 (two years ago) link

I didn't know you played piano, silby! you can play some of these?? that's astounding to me. i have been teaching myself over the last few weeks and have struggling to get through the first gymnopedie by satie. i can't imagine coming anywhere close to chopin for several more years.

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:17 (two years ago) link

km you could probably give no. 2 a shot

budo jeru, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:20 (two years ago) link

No. 4 sort of encapsulates one of my favorite things about piano solo in the last couple hundred years, the creation of something from almost nothing

Karl I'm working on 1er Gymnopedie right now too, you can do it! Write in the chord names for the left hand, I found that a big reading help for this.

Op 28 ranges from "things I can play right now" to "things I can't imagine playing for 10 years".

devops mom (silby), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:28 (two years ago) link

I think 11 is my favorite, feels like it travels the entire world in 30 seconds. never successfully learned it though, I can only play 4 and 15 out of this batch.

ciderpress, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:29 (two years ago) link

oh I know 20 too I forgot that was a prelude

ciderpress, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:30 (two years ago) link

1 (kinda, but it's awkward you need to keep in practice and i really haven't)
3 (used to be superquick at this but again very out of practice)
7 (second i ever played)
11 (tho i never really mastered it)
14 (ditto, a bit too repetitive for me to be bothered spending the time needed, tho i'd love to be able to do it well)
15 (which i've probably worked hardest at over the years and can actually play as it shd sound maybe kinda)
18 (very out of practice, tho despite being fast it kinda falls under yr fingers once you work at it)
20 (first i ever played)
22 (makes the piano totter if it's an upright )

15 and 22 i played in concert at school, reasonably competently: my then-piano teacher introduced me to chopin (the preludes) bcz he worked out it suited what i was good at viz tons of gloopy rubato at the difficult bits :D

i'd love to be better at 12 but i think i will never practice enough to get my fingers strong enough

mark s, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:32 (two years ago) link

found my old book of these and listening along to the recordings, so far am feeling 6 and 13 a lot more than I used to

ciderpress, Saturday, 4 August 2018 19:47 (two years ago) link

last section of 17 should have been its own thing, don't like the earlier parts so much

ciderpress, Saturday, 4 August 2018 19:50 (two years ago) link

first and last section I mean

ciderpress, Saturday, 4 August 2018 20:00 (two years ago) link

really feeling 13 and 17 today, apologies for complaining about the latter

ciderpress, Sunday, 12 August 2018 20:14 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Number 14!!! What!

is right unfortunately (silby), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 04:00 (two weeks ago) link

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