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By Frederic Chopin

Piano solo (Piano solo) - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Piano. Composed by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Edited by Norbert Muellemann. This edition: Urtext Edition, Clothbound, Revised edition. Sheet music. Clothbound. Henle Music Folios. Classical. Hardcover. 92 pages. G. Henle #HN863. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480863).

Item Number: HL.51480863

ISBN 9790201808635. 9.5x12.5 inches.

In 1836 Chopin introduced the term "ballad" into piano music with the publication of his Ballad op. 23, although up to then it had only been used in literature and in vocal music. Indeed, all four of Chopin's ballads have the character of a dramatic story: the musical thread is spun with increasing tension throughout the work, reaching a powerful climax at the end. Following the "Preludes", we have now thoroughly re-evaluated this edition and revised it to include the latest scholarly findings. The most significant ones are documented in the printed critical apparatus; the detailed version can be downloaded from the Internet.

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  • error-free, reliable musical texts based on meticulous musicological research - fingerings and bowings by famous artists and pedagogues
  • preface in 3 languages with information on the genesis and history of the work 
  • Critical Commentary in 1 – 3 languages with a description and evaluation of the sources and explaining all source discrepancies and editorial decisions 
  • most beautiful music engraving 
  • page-turns, fold-out pages, and cues where you need them 
  • excellent print quality and binding 
  • largest Urtext catalogue world-wide 
  • longest Urtext experience (founded 1948 exclusively for "Urtext" editions)

About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.

  • Chopin: Ballad f minor op. 52 
  • Chopin: Ballad F major op. 38 
  • Chopin: Ballad g minor op. 23 
  • Chopin: Ballad A flat major op. 47 

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    Nicole from Canada
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  • December 16, 2020 The print is now far too small

    I had gotten used to the 1976 edition, which I believe is the one prior to this. The score was laid out very nicely and the print was large enough. Any footnotes, and editor's explanations were located at the back of the book, giving enough room for the actual...

    music to be on the page. Now, with this newer version, the footnotes and new editor's notes are at the bottom of each page. So the score seems miniaturized in order to make room for all of the explanations at the bottom of each page. And yes, there they are at the bottom of each and every page, creating an annoyingly- squished score above. I am frustrated when using this newer score and find myself instead preferring the 1976 one.

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