Solutions concerning technique and interpretation
Chopin - Etude in E Major, op. 10 n° 3
Sadly, in the Western world, this Etude has been named “Sadness”. Poor Chopin who so hated all these descriptions added to his compositions…
A frequent and important mistake
Measures 46-53 are rarely played correctly. By transforming the sixteenth note chord on the first beat of measure 46 to a quarter note (see the example above), the result is that the rhythm is altered by three sixteenth notes for the next 8 measures. Consequently, the precise construction written by Chopin falls apart: the forte or sforzato (depending on the edition) beginning measure 54 is displaced from the first beat to the fourth sixteenth note, the weakest, and as a result measure 54 contains 11 sixteenth notes instead of 8. Here is a rhythmic deformation
that is unfortunate and bothersome (comparable to playing
Etude op. 25 n° 2
in a 6/4 meter) and so common that even very good pianists play incorrectly.
Here is the
excellent interpretation of Boris Berezovsky who, of course, avoids this error.