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New expanded list. Added some of the pieces suggested by Bennevis. The list went from 15 pieces to 23. Please note the difference between "Easiest" and "Easy". There are no "Easy" Chopin pieces. Thanx to all who contributed to the list and to those who took the time to post videos.

Attribution Link: The majority of this list was taken from PianoTV.net and Bennevis.

This list is the final version. No further submissions will be considered.

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Prelude in Cm Op. 28 No. 20 - Grade 6 RCM
Waltz in Am Op. Posth. B. 150 - Grade 6 RCM
Prelude in A Op 28 No. 7 - Grade 6? RCM
Waltz in Eb “Sostenuto” B. 133 - Grade 7 RCM
Cantabile in B flat B. 84 - Grade 7 RCM
Prelude in Em Op. 28 No. 4 - Grade 7 RCM
Polonaise in Gm Op. Posth. B1 - Grade 7 RCM
Polonaise in B flat Op. Posth. B3 - Grade 7 RCM
Mazurka in A flat Op. Posth. - Grade 7 RCM
Mazurka in A flat Op. 24 No. 3 - Grade 7 RCM
Mazurka in B flat Op. 7 No. 1 - Grade 7 RCM
Mazurka in C Op. 33 No. 3 - Grade 7 RCM
Prelude in Bm Op. 28 No. 6 - Grade 8 RCM
Prelude in E Op. 28 No. 9 - Grade 8 RCM
Prelude in D flat Op. 28 No. 15 - Grade 8 RCM
Waltz in A flat Op. 69 No. 1 - “L’adieu” – Grade 8 RCM
Waltz in Bm Op. 69 No. 2 - Grade 8 RCM
Polonaise in A flat Op. Posth. B5 - Grade 8 RCM
Mazurka in Am Op. 7 No. 2 - Grade 8 RCM
Mazurka in Fm Op. 63 No. 2 - Grade 8 RCM
Mazurka in Gm Op. 67 Posth. No. 2 - Grade 8 RCM
Mazurka in Am Op. 68 Posth. No. 2 - Grade 8 RCM
Nocturne in Gm Op. 15 No. 3 - Grade 8 RCM

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New List. 23 pieces is too many. So I chopped it down to 15 by removing the Mazurkas. If you want the previous list that includes the Mazurkas, it's right above this post. I also separated the 3 different RCM levels as Bennevis did.

Attribution Link: The majority of this list was taken from PianoTV.net and Bennevis. Special thanx to Bennevis.

New List:

Prelude in Cm Op. 28 No. 20 - Grade 6 RCM
Waltz in Am Op. Posth. B. 150 - Grade 6 RCM
Prelude in A Op. 28 No. 7 - Grade 6? RCM

Waltz in Eb “Sostenuto” B. 133 - Grade 7 RCM
Cantabile in B flat B. 84 - Grade 7 RCM
Prelude in Em Op. 28 No. 4 - Grade 7 RCM
Polonaise in Gm Op. Posth. B1 - Grade 7 RCM
Polonaise in B flat Op. Posth. B3 - Grade 7 RCM

Prelude in Bm Op. 28 No. 6 - Grade 8 RCM
Prelude in E Op. 28 No. 9 - Grade 8 RCM
Prelude in D flat Op. 28 No. 15 - Grade 8 RCM
Waltz in A flat Op. 69 No. 1 - “L’adieu” – Grade 8 RCM
Waltz in Bm Op. 69 No. 2 - Grade 8 RCM
Polonaise in A flat Op. Posth. B5 - Grade 8 RCM
Nocturne in Gm Op. 15 No. 3 - Grade 8 RCM

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For what it's worth, here is a graded list of chopin pieces, beginning at grade 4-5.

Note that it's also possible to give two different grades to the same piece. One grade where you can expect to play it okish, and also take away something from learning the piece (not just struggle). And another, higher, grade at which you are "above" the piece and expect to master all aspects of it.

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Originally Posted by Stormbringer
New List. 23 pieces is too many. So I chopped it down to 15 by removing the Mazurkas. If you want the previous list that includes the Mazurkas, it's right above this post. I also separated the 3 different RCM levels as Bennevis did.

Attribution Link: The majority of this list was taken from PianoTV.net and Bennevis. Special thanx to Bennevis.

New List:

Prelude in Cm Op. 28 No. 20 - Grade 6 RCM
Waltz in Am Op. Posth. B. 150 - Grade 6 RCM
Prelude in A Op. 28 No. 7 - Grade 6? RCM

Waltz in Eb “Sostenuto” B. 133 - Grade 7 RCM
Cantabile in B flat B. 84 - Grade 7 RCM
Prelude in Em Op. 28 No. 4 - Grade 7 RCM
Polonaise in Gm Op. Posth. B1 - Grade 7 RCM
Polonaise in B flat Op. Posth. B3 - Grade 7 RCM

Prelude in Bm Op. 28 No. 6 - Grade 8 RCM
Prelude in E Op. 28 No. 9 - Grade 8 RCM
Prelude in D flat Op. 28 No. 15 - Grade 8 RCM
Waltz in A flat Op. 69 No. 1 - “L’adieu” – Grade 8 RCM
Waltz in Bm Op. 69 No. 2 - Grade 8 RCM
Polonaise in A flat Op. Posth. B5 - Grade 8 RCM
Nocturne in Gm Op. 15 No. 3 - Grade 8 RCM

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I think if you chop off any pieces it should be the ones that are some of the very early works that are often not even included in a books with Chopin's music of a given genre. This would mean most of posthumous ones with a B listing except for the A minor Waltz. Some of those are IMO not worth the student's time and effort. The Mazurkas OTOH are generally considered high level Chopin.

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Interesting thread - but you removed from the list a few pieces that even I managed to learn. Of course if you mean that they must be learned to note-perfect super-fast performance level, then you may have been right to remove them, but if the list includes pieces that can be learned to a decent standard and, most of all, can teach one a lot of things about Chopin's music, then I thing these should be included:

Nocturne no. 21 in C minor, B. 108 - Learning the polyrhythms in this one will allow you to learn many other pieces by Chopin, it's something that must be overcome sooner or later.
Nocturne no. 20 in C# minor - I found it easier than the previous one actually, or maybe it's just that once you get the polyrhythms, it's not so frightening any more.
Waltz in C#minor op. 64 no. 2 - This one is long and complicated, but it's amazing how quick it is to learn, how logical, as soon as you get over the most difficult parts. And it's so beautiful and rewarding... unless you want to play it as fast as Yuja Wang!

But of course difficulties are so subjective.
As a reference, these are the pieces included in Schott's Urtext Primo volume 5:

2 Bourrées
Waltz in Am
Sostenuto in Eb
Cantabile in Bb
Preludes Op. 28 Nos. 4, 6, 7, 20
Polonaise in B (KK IVa/1)
Mazurkas Op. 67 no. 2, Op. 68 no. 3, Op. 7/4a

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Largo in E-flat major, B.109

I can't find a grading for this one page posthumous piece that I trust, but IMHO it was not much more difficult than Prelude in Cm Op. 28 No. 20.



Surprisingly easy, barely an inconvenience.

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Largo is IMTA graded as D2 which is late intermediate-early advanced
The grading for the piece is from UIowa Ped Project




The grading is from this post here. Unfortunately, the syllabus can only be purchased

http://forum.pianoworld.com//ubbthr...a-piano-pedagogy-videos.html#Post2261034


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