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The coda from Ballade in G minor "frightens" the most experienced pianist, or do I read.

Has anyone here had first-hands" experience with it?


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Hi, Kathleen!

I don't think really fine pianists would be frightened of the end of the G minor ballade, but it is a bit tricky. No worse than other parts of the piece.

I confess that I've made a number of attempts at learning this piece, but have not managed a sustained enough assault to get it done. I have mostly worked on much shorter pieces, due to very fragmented time and energy. It is definitely a goal of mine. And a lot of it really is quite doable.

A long time ago I read about and saw an interview with that guy who spent a year learning it, not being a highly skilled pianist to begin with, and was more or less successful. If I remember correctly he took one lesson a week, like most students, and didn't spend an inordinate amount of practice time per day. I honestly can't figure out how he managed it.

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Hi Elaine,

You are so right.

I have watched 8 year-olds on YouTube play this ballade surprisingly well. If course, this,is a depressing pastime.

I am still struggling with nocturne no. 72. I am ashamed to admit I began it 12 years ago! Life happened during this time, and it robbed me of almost all motivation. I start again each new year but eventually other things take priority. I know my story is quite common, but I wonder, in my case, if it might be that I am afraid I can't do his music justice. Is this a possibility?

I should add that I turned 80! last year and fear time is running out.

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Originally Posted by Elene
I don't think really fine pianists would be frightened of the end of the G minor ballade, but it is a bit tricky. No worse than other parts of the piece.

A long time ago I read about and saw an interview with that guy who spent a year learning it, not being a highly skilled pianist to begin with, and was more or less successful. If I remember correctly he took one lesson a week, like most students, and didn't spend an inordinate amount of practice time per day. I honestly can't figure out how he managed it.
1. Most pianists think the coda is the hardest part.
2. The pianists who learned the Ballade and wrote a book about took a lot more than one lesson a week except when his journalistic duties interfered. His final performance or the piece was pretty mediocre IMO. He struggled a lot with the pieces technical demands.

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