Chopin Ballade No.1 Op.23 (Horowitz)

Chopin Ballade No.1 in Gm Op.23 Vladimir Horowitz, 1965 This recording is live without any studio patchwork, and there are a few mistakes present. This selection is intentional.

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bal (as in balcony) ard (as in hard), with the emphasis on the last syllable.
How difficult is the 4th chopin ballade? I’ve learnt the first 2 pages but I dont know whether its worth continuing on with the piece until the very end. It looks a monster to try and play all the way through
You’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head…it’s a beast of a piece technically and musically. It invariably makes everyone’s list of “hardest piano pieces,” for both reasons. But what a wonderful monster it is!If you’re struggling at all with the first few pages you’re not going to find it any easier going further along, and it might be above you for the present. That doesn’t mean you can’t continue working on it, just that you may have to adjust your expectations in the short term. Many experienced pianists take quite a while to master it, and even then they must work diligently to keep it in good shape. The nice thing with such good literature though is that it continually rewards additional study…once you’ve got it it will be a marvelous companion. Much luck and enjoyment to you!

I would say that Chopin’s 4th ballade is one of the closest pieces I consider to be termed “impossible”.The first two pages aren’t that difficult. But, near the end, my advice is: Be careful not to lose your hand! It is technically demanding.

Yes, it’s difficult compared to many pieces, but it is very very far from “the most difficult”, and no where near “impossible”. The 4th ballade is widely considered as the most difficult of the 4 ballades, musically at least. It is hard to get the same emotional effect than another ballade, let’s say the 1st one. However, there’s a lot of pieces that are harder than this, this is not even Chopin’s most difficult piece — the sonatas are definitely harder.Whether you should continue is based on your techniques and your determination. I personally don’t like this ballade that much, it’s in a different style compared to the other three.

How long it takes to learn Chopin Ballade Nº1? I play almost 2 or 3 hours a day, and I was thinking in starting to practice the piece, what I would like to know is some details about the piece some harder things that need some specific recommendation.Pretty much tell me what was your experience in playing or other peoples opinion on the piece.Thanks for Support
You neglected to say how long you have been playing: what your technical skill, what level you’re at. Please be advised, that this is one of the more difficult of all the standard piano solo “warhorses”. I would listen to a number of different recordings of it, before deciding whether or not you want to tackle it. If you do decide to, I would take it section by section; practice each diligently – maybe at half tempo in the beginning – until you feel confident and secure with each; then try playing it in its entirety. Best of luck, Alberich

Well, yes it’s a hard piece, but not really amongts the most difficult “warhorses.” Anyway, the hardest spots are the coda, the fast section in the middle with the rapidly jumping LH that jumps in a ONE two three pattern (you’ll know it when you get to it), and anything with RH octaves.Slow practice, stay relaxed. Especially with the octaves. Dont’ force the sound or the speed…let it come naturally through good practice habits.Also, work on your G harmonic minor scale! (for the end). I don’t think I ever played this cleanly. A suggestion for LH G harmonic minor fingering: 2 1 3 2 1 4 3 2…etc. Basically, just start with 2 and keep 4 on F#. Some people like this fingering when you have to play the scale ascending and very fast…others don’t like it because it messes them up while trying to play the unison in the RH. It takes a little getting used to, but is a “technically” better fingering–utilizing black-key white-key turns.Good luck!

How would you describe Chopin’s Ballade no 1? It is my favorite of Chopin’s Ballades. I find it hauntingly beautiful. What a work of genius eh.. Which is your favorite Ballade of his? I am of course most familiar with the first.
It is one of my favorites.. When I learned it I thought it was very hard, but not so after a while..It is something you can master…It is beautiful, touching…yet powerful..

What I love about the Ballades is that Chopin somehow imparts a quality of storytelling into each of them. They are Ballades — epic stories. In the g minor, he opens with a sweeping unison line on the Neopolitan 6th as a sort of prologue, a sort of musical way of saying “Once upon a time…”Chopin’s two characters, the opening waltz-like g minor theme tinged with melancholy, and the wistful and lyrical Eb theme, perhaps representing some sweet remembrance (a love theme?), are the two building blocks of the piece. Each time he brings them back, they are transformed, as only Chopin can do, into increasingly more appassionato passages, preparing us for the fury of the coda.If you look at all of the Ballades, you will see elements of each one that tie them to the others — the continued use of the 6/4 metric pattern, the barcaroll-ish rhythmic patterns, the aforementioned Prologue, and the juxtaposition of themes with wdiely divergent characters, which always return with a “treatment” of some sort, generally more complex and dynamically transformed.My favorite is the 4th in f minor, but they are all monumental works. These are Chopin’s “symphonies” in terms of the scope and power of the works. They are the pinnacle of his output, IMO.

I perform it regularly. The big loud section of the main theme about half way through always captures the audience. “Beautiful” was invented for this piece. I grew up with the early 1950s 10″ LP with Horowitz. He knew how to play it, starting with the thundering opening C octaves. My favorite then became, and still is, Rubinstein from the late 1950s.Neil Miller, author of The Piano Lessons BookEnter in search: Neil Miller Piano Lessons BookOR