Chopin

Frédéric Chopin

(1810-1849)

Fredric Chopin

Chopin was basically self-taught as a pianist. His Gm Polonaise was published when he was only 7 years old and is a testament to his original creativity. He entered the Warsaw Conservatory at age 14 and these were his first formal piano lessons. He already had established an original creative style very different from the classic era, which preceded him. Chopin’s piano music is among the most difficult ever written, but has always been extremely popular because of his wonderful sense of melody. Because a formal piano teacher had not indoctrinated him in classical piano techniques, he developed many unique finger patterns in his music. He loved to dance and play music for dancing so he wrote Mazurkas, Waltzes, and Polonaises. He loved Bach and followed Bach’s tradition to write 24 preludes, one in each key. The dreamy improviser produced Nocturnes and Fantasies and Variations. But Chopin, the piano teacher, wrote 27 Etudes for the piano, which are studied by every serious pianist.

Études Op. 10

  • Étude No. 1 in C major
  • Étude No. 2 in A minor
  • Étude No. 3 in E major
  • Étude No. 4 in C-sharp minor
  • Étude No. 5 in G-flat major
  • Étude No. 6 in E-flat minor
  • Étude No. 7 in C major
  • Étude No. 8 in F major
  • Étude No. 9 in F minor
  • Étude No. 10 in A-flat major
  • Étude No. 11 in E-flat major
  • Étude No. 12 in C minor

Études Op. 25

  • Étude No. 1 in A-flat major (Aeolian Harp)
  • Étude No. 2 in F minor
  • Étude No. 3 in F major
  • Étude No. 4 in A minor
  • Étude No. 5 in E minor
  • Étude No. 6 in G-sharp minor
  • Étude No. 7 in C-sharp minor
  • Étude No. 8 in D-flat major
  • Étude No. 9 in G-flat major
  • Étude No. 10 in B minor
  • Étude No. 11 in A minor (Winter Wind)
  • Étude No. 12 in C minor

3 Nouvelles Études (3 New Etudes) B.130

  • Étude No. 1 in F minor
  • Étude No. 2 in Ab
  • Étude No. 3 in Db

Waltzes

  • Waltz No. 1 in E-flat major (Op. 18)
  • Waltz No. 2 in A-flat major (Op. 34 No. 1)
  • Waltz No. 3 in A minor (Op. 34 No. 2)
  • Waltz No. 4 in F major (Op. 34 No. 3)
  • Waltz No. 5 in A-flat major (Op. 42)
  • Waltz No. 6 in D-flat major (Op. 64 No. 1)
  • Waltz No. 7 in C-sharp minor (Op. 64 No. 2)
  • Waltz No. 8 in A-flat major(Op. 64 No. 3)
  • Waltz No. 9 in A-flat major (Op. 69 No. 1)
  • Waltz No. 10 in B minor (Op. 69 No. 2)
  • Waltz No. 11 in Gb-major (Op. 70 No. 1)
  • Waltz No. 12 in A-flat major (Op. 70 No. 2)
  • Waltz No. 13 in D-flat-major (Op. 70 No. 3)
  • Waltz No. 14 in Ab-major (Op.posth)
  • Waltz No. 15 in E-major (Op.posth)
  • Waltz No. 16 in E-minor (Op.posth)
  • Waltz No. 17 in A-minor (Op.posth)
  • Waltz No. 18 Eb-major (Op.posth)
  • Waltz No. 19 in Eb-major (Op.posth)

Nocturnes

  • Nocturne No. 1 in B-flat minor (Op. 9 No. 1)
  • Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat major (Op. 9 No. 2)
  • Nocturne No. 4 in F major (Op. 15 No. 1)
  • Nocturne No. 5 in F-sharp major (Op. 15 No. 2)
  • Nocturne No. 6 in G minor (Op. 15 No. 3)
  • Nocturne No. 7 in C-sharp minor (Op. 27 No. 1)
  • Nocturne No. 9 in B major (Op. 32 No. 1)
  • Nocturne No. 10 in A-flat major (Op. 32 No. 2)
  • Nocturne No. 11 in G minor (Op. 37 No. 1)
  • Nocturne No. 13 in C minor (Op. 48 No. 1)
  • Nocturne No. 14 F-sharp minor (Op. 48 No. 2)
  • Nocturne No. 15 in F minor (Op. 55 No. 1)
  • Nocturne No. 19 in E minor (Op. 72 No. 1)
  • Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor (Op. P 1 No. 16)
  • Nocturne No. 21 in C minor (Op. P 2 No. 8)

Polonaises

  • Polonaise No. 1 in C-sharp minor (Op. 26
    No. 1)
  • Polonaise No. 2 in E-flat minor (Op. 26 No. 2)
  • Polonaise No. 3 in A major “Military” (Op. 40 No. 1)
  • Polonaise 6 in A-flat major “Heroic” (Op. 53)
  • Polonaise 11 in G minor (KK IIa No. 1)
  • Polonaise No. 1 in B-flat major (Op. posth.)

Preludes Op. 28

  • Prelude No. 1 in C major
  • Prelude No. 2 in A minor
  • Prelude No. 3 in G major
  • Prelude No. 4 in E minor
  • Prelude No. 5 in D major
  • Prelude No. 6 in B minor
  • Prelude No. 7 in A major
  • Prelude No. 8 in F-sharp minor
  • Prelude No. 9 in E major
  • Prelude No. 10 in C-sharp minor
  • Prelude No. 11 in B major
  • Prelude No. 12 in G-sharp minor
  • Prelude No. 13 in F-sharp major
  • Prelude No. 14 in E-flat minor
  • Prelude No. 15 in D-flat major “Raindrop”
  • Prelude No. 16 in B-flat minor
  • Prelude No. 17 in A-flat major
  • Prelude No. 18 in F minor
  • Prelude No. 19 in E-flat major
  • Prelude No. 20 in C minor
  • Prelude No. 21 in B-flat major
  • Prelude No. 22 in G minor
  • Prelude No. 23 in F major
  • Prelude No. 24 in D minor
  • Prelude in C-sharp minor (Opus 45)
  • Posthumous in Ab to Chopin’s friend P. Wolff

Mazurkas

Opus 6, Four Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in F-sharp minor
  • No. 2: Mazurka in C-sharp minor
  • No. 3: Mazurka in E major
  • No. 4: Mazurka in E-flat minor

Opus 7, Five Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in B-flat major
  • No. 2: Mazurka in A minor
  • No. 3: Mazurka in F minor
  • No. 4: Mazurka in A-flat major
  • No. 5: Mazurka in C major

Opus 17, Four Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in B-flat major
  • No. 2: Mazurka in E minor
  • No. 3: Mazurka in A-flat major
  • No. 4: Mazurka in A minor

Opus 24, Four Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in G minor
  • No. 2: Mazurka in C major
  • No. 3: Mazurka in A-flat major
  • No. 4: Mazurka in B-flat minor

Opus 30, Four Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in C minor
  • No. 2: Mazurka in B minor
  • No. 3: Mazurka in D-flat major
  • No. 4: Mazurka in C-sharp minor

Opus 33, Four Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in G-sharp minor
  • No. 2: Mazurka in D major
  • No. 3: Mazurka in C major
  • No. 4: Mazurka in B minor
Opus 41, Four Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in C-sharp minor
  • No. 2: Mazurka in E minor
  • No. 3: Mazurka in B major
  • No. 4: Mazurka in A-flat major

Opus 50, Three Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in G major
  • No. 2: Mazurka in A-flat major
  • No. 3: Mazurka in C-sharp minor

Opus 56, Three Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in B major
  • No. 2: Mazurka in C major
  • No. 3: Mazurka in C minor

Opus 59, Three Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in A minor
  • No. 2: Mazurka in A-flat major
  • No. 3: Mazurka in F-sharp minor

Opus 63, Three Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in B major
  • No. 2: Mazurka in F minor
  • No. 3: Mazurka in C-sharp minor

Opus posth. 67, Four Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in G major
  • No. 2: Mazurka in G minor
  • No. 3: Mazurka in C major
  • No. 4: Mazurka in A minor

Opus posth. 68, Four Mazurkas

  • No. 1: Mazurka in C major
  • No. 2: Mazurka in A minor
  • No. 3: Mazurka in F major
  • No. 4: Mazurka in F minor

Other

  • Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor (Op. 31)
  • Fantaisie in F minor (Op. 49)