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4. Waltz in A minor: Chopin


Although this is one of the easier works Chopin composed, from a performer's perspective it is important to express this piece as a solo voice or instrument with accompaniment. The independence of hands will enable a sparkling triplet - quintuplet climax. Chopin is known to have favoured a Bel Canto sound and the performer should make efforts to ensure the solo nature of the right hand.

From an educator's perspective the lesson content should look to include secure pedal - half pedal skills for the accompaniment with secure remote notes. The nimble finger touch with a cantabile sound can be introduced separately to ensure a secure technique. Finally the use of Rubato should be discussed and when to use it thus maintaining the required style.

A learner should be secure with the remote note location and already have successfully shown an ability to execute effective ornamentation. Pedalling must be confident at multiple points to produce a clean melody.

A performance piece demonstrates to both learner and educator the requirement of secure half pedalling, the singing finger touch (bel canto) and the use of rubato for accentuation of drama in a piece.

Video Demonstration

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Chris Caton-Greasley LLCM(TD) MA (Mus)(Open)

Ethnographic Musicologist, Teacher, Researcher

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