Chopin Sheet Music

Written by Serena Berger
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Chopin sheet music, especially for pianists, is among the most commonly sought and greatly enjoyed. The Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin is considered one of the greatest composers for piano of all time, and his skill and innovation, musically, was directed almost entirely into the keyboard idioms. His prodigious works for solos piano include nocturnes, prelude, mazurkas, etudes, ballades, fantasies and polonaises, among numerous others. He is also the author of several works for piano and orchestra, namely two challenging and impressive concerti.

While Chopin's place in music history is secured, he is often passed over as a topic for serious scholarship, as his interests typically did not lie with formal or structural innovation, and he paid little attention to non-pianistic musical pursuits. Many of the reports by his contemporaries rhapsodize about late nights at parties where most of the guests had gone home, but Chopin stayed up all night improvising at the piano. Many of his published works capture this quality; as you play them, you can sense they were born out of inspiration and improvisation, often having a relatively simple melody and accompaniment, and deriving their beauty from increasingly complex yet incredibly delicate ornamentations around the melody.

Chopin Sheet Music for Different Skill Levels

Many times, if you purchase Chopin sheet music, you can get a selection of works which are grouped together. For example, you might purchase the complete Nocturnes or Waltzes, which are two of his most popular genres. Among these pieces, there will be some, such as the ethereal Nocturne in D-flat, or the virtuosic Waltz in E Minor, to which only a great pianist will be able to do justice. Others, such as the somber and melancholy Nocturne in G Minor, Op. 37, no. 1 (Chopin wrote two nocturnes in g-minor, of which this writer prefers that from Op. 37 over that from Op. 15, which is characterized by some oddly seasick rhythmic starts and stops) or the simple and playful Prelude in A Major, could be attempted by a more modest pianist.

With the variety of piano works available by Chopin, chances are if you are remotely interested in playing piano, you can find something that you like. If you are looking into buying Chopin sheet music, an internet music source is a great resource to employ; not only can you hear sound clips of most of the pieces, you can also view sample pages from them to find out if something is both to your taste and close to your ability level. From the gentle and delicate to the raging and impassioned, Chopin's piano music offers something for anyone who appreciates the most romantic attributes the instrument has to offer.

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