Solutions concerning technique and interpretation
Chopin - Etude in A minor, op. 25 n° 11
1. The fifth measure
of this Etude was my example when I spoke of developing exercises in
The way to practice the staccato sixteenth notes has been described in
chapter 8, point 184.108.40.206 and visible on the video included below.
My recording from December 15th
2. Seven exercises for measure 5
and all similar ones. In the excerpt below I have used
red to indicate
the most difficult spots resulting from the use of Chopin’s fingering. In this case, all one needs is to dutifully apply the technique known as “skimming over the keys”, that is to say moving the fingers as close to the keyboard as possible so that the attack is produced with the least amount of movement on the
notes indicated in red.
It goes without saying that you should modify these exercises if you use another fingering.
Exercises 4 and 5 of 7
3. Measure 17
and those similar are characterized by a double difficulty for the
the speed of playing the notes as well as the pedaling.
The speed of playing
depends, above all, on reducing the silence between the C and C-sharp. Concerning
the use of the pedal
a less experienced pianist “loses” the lower note of the arpeggiated chord, which lessens the harmonic richness and simply does not sound good. The correct way to use the pedal is always the combination of three things: