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Or your ten most favorite works. You can include sets of works.

Here are mine in no special order:
1. Etudes Op.10
2. Etudes Op. 25
3. Preludes
4. Sonata in B flat minor
%. Sonata in B minor
6. Barcarolle
7. Ballade No.4
8. Nocturne Op. 27 No.2
9. Scherzo No.3
10. Polonaise Fantasy

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Since we can never have too many of these.... smile

How long has it been? I'm thinking we had one of these maybe a couple months ago. But hey, our answers might become different by the minute.

For me right now:

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Ten greatest Chopin works"...
Or your ten most favorite works

How about 5 for each......

"Greatest"
1. Ballade in F minor (#4)
2. Sonata in B minor (#3)
3. Etudes Op. 10 (good job suggesting this set as a whole)
.....and in that case....
4. Preludes Op. 28
5. Ballade in G minor (#1)

"Favorite"
(really it would include some of those above but I'm purposely only considering others)
1. Barcarolle
2. A-flat Polonaise (Op; 53)
3. F# minor Polonaise (Op. 44)
4. E major Scherzo (#4, Op. 54)
5. B-flat minor Scherzo (#2, Op. 31)

Apologies to all the pieces I left out. grin

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Hey, c'mon y'all!
This is an easy one! smile

Picking greatest or favorite Chopin pieces -- isn't that like shooting fish in a proverbial barrel?

(Actually I'm not too fond of that metaphor -- I'm vegetarian.) grin

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Problem is - it's hard to narrow it down to only 10 - either greatest or favorite. But here goes......

1. Etudes Op.10
2. Etudes Op. 25
3. Preludes Op. 28
4. Ballade No. 4 Op. 52
5. Scherzo No. 2 Op. 31
6. Sonata in b minor Op. 58
7. Fantasy Op. 49
8. Nocturnes Op. 27
9. Polonaise Op. 53
10. Polonaise Fantasy Op. 61

Runners up:

11. Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4
12. Waltz in E Flat Op. 18
13. Nocturnes Op. 9
14. Mazurkas Op. 59
15. Barcarolle


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I can list ten favorite sets of works (e.g. all the ballades, all the nocturnes, etc.) but that list may end up representing all of his works 🤣 With that in mind I will intentionally list ONLY single works/numbers, although the original post allows entire sets.

1. Ballade 1 in G minor, Op. 23
2. Ballade 4 in F minor, Op. 52
3. Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4
4. Barcarolle in F# Major, Op. 60
5. Polonaise-Fantaisie in Ab Major, Op. 61
6. Ballade 3 in Ab Major, Op. 47
7. Nocturne in Db Major, Op. 27, No. 2
8. Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
9. Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4
10. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

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These are in random order:

1. Barcarolle
2. Ballade Op. 52
3. Preludes Op. 28
4. Mazurkas Op. 56
5. Mazurkas Op. 59
6. Nocturne Op. 55 No. 2
7. Nocturne Op. 62 No. 2
8. Polonaise-Fantasy
9. Etudes Op. 10
10. Etudes Op. 25

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1. Barcarolle, Op 60
2. Ballade No. 4, Op 52
3. Preludes, Op 28
4. Etudes, Op 25
5. Etudes, Op 10
6. Nocturnes Op 48 No. 1, Op. 55 No. 2 and Op 62 No. 1(couldn’t choose between them hehe)
7. Piano Sonata No. 3, Op 58
8. Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op 61
9. Mazurkas Op 56
10. Ballade No. 1, Op 23

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What's interesting, I think, is some pieces are on almost everyone's list. There are also some pieces on only one or two people's list.

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1. Etudes op. 10
2. Piano Concerto op. 11
3. Ballade op. 23
4. Piano Sonata op. 35
5. Polonaise op. 44
6. Ballade op. 52
7. Polonaise op. 53
8. Piano Sonata op. 58
9. Barcarolle op. 60
10. Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61

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just to mention some works that I really cherish and perform, these gems:

1. Six Polish songs op.74 (haha) transcribed by Liszt
2. Piano Sonata no.1 op.4
3. Rondo no.1, op.1
4. Rondo à la Mazur, op.5
5. Rondo in E-flat, op.16
6. Allegro de Concert, op.46
7. Grande Polonaise Brillante précédée d'un Andante Spianato, op.22 (piano solo)
8. Grande Fantaisie sur des Airs Polonais, op.13 (piano solo)
9. Krakowiak, op.14 (piano solo)
10.Variations sur 'Là ci darem la mano', op.2 (piano solo)


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Op. 44 Polonaise
Op. 16 Introduction and Rondo
Op. 53 Polonaise
Op. 61 Polonaise
Op. 23 Ballade
Op. 55 Nocturne

I had a good idea but Itunes decided to rename the work titles to match the grouping titles so I'll have to finish this some other time.

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Originally Posted by dolce sfogato
just to mention some works that I really cherish and perform, these gems:

1. Six Polish songs op.74 (haha) transcribed by Liszt
2. Piano Sonata no.1 op.4
3. Rondo no.1, op.1
4. Rondo à la Mazur, op.5
5. Rondo in E-flat, op.16
6. Allegro de Concert, op.46
7. Grande Polonaise Brillante précédée d'un Andante Spianato, op.22 (piano solo)
8. Grande Fantaisie sur des Airs Polonais, op.13 (piano solo)
9. Krakowiak, op.14 (piano solo)
10.Variations sur 'Là ci darem la mano', op.2 (piano solo)
I'd be very interested in your choice for greatest or favorite Chopin also.

It's quite interesting/amazing that you've performed so many of these less than very popular Chopin works(mot meaning Op. 22). I've never even heard your #2,3, 8 and 9. If I remember correctly from recently reading Walker's Chopin biography, the Grand Fantasy on Polish Airs created a huge sensation and Chopin performed frequently. I also remember the first time I heard the Rondo a la Mazur which I consider to be a really terrific piece. I was amazed that I had never heard such a good piece and that it seemed to be performed infrequently.

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I have performed nearly all of Chopin's works, even the trio op.8 and the cello sonata op,65, all those other warhorses are a bit, well, under enormous attention, while there is so much more to admire, I'll always play op.4 if asked, wonderful piece, same for the rondo's, criminally underestimated, and the solo versions of the early concertante works do very well, they need a bit of DIY, but the effect is fine.


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1 - sonata no 3
2 - grande polonaise
3 - ballade no 4
4 - ballade no 1
5 - nocturne op 27 no 2
6 - concertos 1 & 2
7 - heroic polonaise
8 - allegro de concert
9 - sonata no 2
10 - etudes op 25

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I also remember the first time I heard the Rondo a la Mazur which I consider to be a really terrific piece. I was amazed that I had never heard such a good piece and that it seemed to be performed infrequently.

It would be a bizarre situation if this was really one of Chopin's best pieces yet it was extremely rarely played in concert. I can't think of any reason why that would happen.

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I also remember the first time I heard the Rondo a la Mazur which I consider to be a really terrific piece. I was amazed that I had never heard such a good piece and that it seemed to be performed infrequently.
It would be a bizarre situation if this was really one of Chopin's best pieces yet it was extremely rarely played in concert. I can't think of any reason why that would happen.
No one said it was one of his best pieces.

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Originally Posted by dolce sfogato
j 7. Grande Polonaise Brillante précédée d'un Andante Spianato, op.22 (piano solo)

Quintessential Chopin. Embarrassed that I didn't think of it.


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I also remember the first time I heard the Rondo a la Mazur which I consider to be a really terrific piece. I was amazed that I had never heard such a good piece and that it seemed to be performed infrequently.
It would be a bizarre situation if this was really one of Chopin's best pieces yet it was extremely rarely played in concert. I can't think of any reason why that would happen.
No one said it was one of his best pieces.

rondo a la mazur is from the compositional perspective very primitive and ordinary comparing to other chopin pieces but have a nice melody and i dont understand why chopin didn't write it as mazurka instead of rondo what's the point of calling it rondo in the manner of mazurka ?

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