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Ideas to use
with the May Issue
Icon - Artur Rubinstein - The Chopin Recordings (EMI Classics, 2010)
Rubinstein - The Chopin Collection (RCA, 2007)
Complete Chopin Edition, 17 CDs (Deutsche Grammophon, 2010)
Chopin and Schubert - Krystian Zimerman - DVD (Deutsche Grammophon,
Pieces for Intermediate students
Chopin wrote several pieces that can be considered easier and would
be suitable for intermediate students. Students who have had some
experience with Bach's Two-Part Inventions, Beethoven's Sonatina in
F major or Fur Elise or the more difficult Clementi and Kuhlau
sonatinas should be successful learning these easier Chopin pieces.
However, teachers should remember that playing the notes correctly
is only part of success when it comes to Chopin's music. Its
emotional depth requires sensitive phrasing, tone control, and
understanding of rubato, and younger students might have a difficult
time executing those nuances. It's still a great exercise and a
wonderful stepping stone in students' progress.
Some pieces to consider:
Waltz in A minor, Op. posthumous
Polonaise in G minor Op. posthumous
Mazurka in G minor Op. 67, No. 2, posthumous
Mazurka in C major, Op. 67, No. 3, posthumous
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 67, No. 4, posthumous
Mazurka in F major, Op. 68, No 4, posthumous
Waltz in Ab major, Op. 69, No. 1, posthumous
Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4
Nocturne in c minor, posthumous
Cantabile in Bb major, posthumous
Chopin in Paris: The Life and Times for the Romantic Composer
by Tad Szulc
Chopin: Pianist and Teacher, As Seen by his Pupils by
Eigeldinger, Shohet, Osostowicz, and Howat
The Life of Chopin by F. Liszt
Chopin: Prince of the Romantics by Adam Zamoyski
For Children: Frederick Chopin (Getting to Know the
World's Greatest Composers) by Mike Venezia
Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20
Ballade in F major op. 38
Chopin also composed a set of songs.
Unscramble (page 11)
sharp, flat, natural, clef, chopin, recital
Quiz (page 15)
1. a 2. Poland and France 3. a 4. b 5.
various answers 6. a Polish dance that Chopin used as the form for
many of his compositions.