Chopin - Prelude in E Minor - Op28 No.4 - Tutorial - Part 1/2

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A detailed, slow look at this famous piece know as 'Suffocation'. This is the first time round the piece before it repeats but with small changes discussed in Part 2:

Performance of what has been analysed for the impatient: 16:30

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I label chords and tell how many times to play each one. Once the structure is in your mind, it will become second-nature and your conscious interference should be greatly diminished. For more on Conscious Interference, see here:

As I discuss in the video, do please familiarise yourself with the two texts by Liszt so that you know how best to approach Chopin's music. It will serve you well now and in any future Chopin endeavours:

1: "In taking up one of the works of Chopin, you are entering, as it were, a fairyland, untrodden by human footsteps, a path hitherto unfrequented but by the great composer himself; and a faith, a devotion, a desire to appreciate and a determination to understand are absolutely necessary, to do it any thing like adequate justice."

2: "Chopin imparted this constant rocking with the most fascinating effect; thus making the melody undulate to and fro, like a skiff driven on over the bosom of tossing waves. This manner of execution, which set a seal so peculiar upon his own style of playing, was at first indicated by the term 'tempo rubato', affixed to his writings: a Tempo agitated, broken, interrupted, a movement flexible, yet at the same time abrupt and languishing, and vacillating as the flame under the fluctuating breath by which it is agitated. In his later productions we no longer find this marking. He was convinced that if the performer understood them, he would divine this rule of irregularity. All his compositions should be played with this accentuated and measured swaying and balancing. It is difficult for those who have not frequently heard him play to catch this secret of their proper execution."

Enjoy this version but discover more on your own:

Useful video on naming chords:

2-5-1 mentioned at the end in more detail:

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