Chopin - Etude Op 25 No 1 arranged for Intermediate Piano

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Chopin - Etude Op 25 No 1 arranged for Intermediate Piano

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Chopin - Etude Op 25 No 1 in A flat major arranged for Intermediate Piano
The music of Chopin is often beyond the reach of many pianists, especially during the first few years of study.  This new arrangement offers intermediate piano students a chance to enjoy playing one of Chopin’s finest lyrical études without the advanced technical challenges of the original work.

In order to be able to interpret this music accurately, it is useful to read what the composer Robert Schumann had to say about the original étude after hearing Chopin perform it:

“To have an idea of his playing, one must imagine someone playing an Aeolian harp – a harp, however, able to produce the whole range of tonalities – and that the artist’s hand, plucking here and plucking there, is tracing in rich profusion intricate arabesques of sound, and yet so that one can hear a deep lower note and a delicate treble throughout the whole performance.”

He goes on to say “The Study in A Flat is more of a poem than a study.  You would be greatly mistaken in believing that he brings out every one of the smaller notes.  His playing is more like a long undulation of the chord of A Flat major which the pedal lengthens right up to the high register.

“Through this harmonious blending of notes, you can hear the wonderful melody pouring forth in broad accents.  About half-way through, like a twin melody, a tenor voice out-tops the flood of chords.  When the study comes to an end, it seems to you that a radiant image has just vanished, like those which appear to us in dreams and that we still wish to gaze upon when we open our eyes.”

The legendary pianist and pedagogue Alfred Cortot added: “These lines contain in substance what is essential for the rendering of this composition.  They emphasize the truly vocal character of the melodic line as wells as the importance of rendering its perfect legato and delicate, even and deep tone in spite of the exclusive use of one finger only.”

In this arrangement, the sextuplets in the original version have been replaced with triplets whilst retaining the essential harmonic components.  Phrasing, dynamics and pedalling are based on the edition of Chopin’s student Carl Mikuli, Staccato dots have been added to certain notes as a technical aid and reminder to release the piano key quickly in order to leap to the next key.

With a performance time of just under three minutes, this arrangement would be ideal for a school recital concert program.

About the Arranger
Mark Reeves is a professional pianist, piano teacher and music arranger, with many years of experience. More of his arrangements for piano, choir and other instruments can be downloaded here at Sheet Music Online.

Product CodeCHOSMEHD2
ManufacturerMark Reeves
ConditionNew
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