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Chopin Complete Preludes, Nocturnes and Waltzes: Piano Solos (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics) Paperback – 26 Apr 2006


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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Updated edition edition (26 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634099205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634099205
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This new volume in "Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics" presents 26 preludes, 21 nocturnes and 19 waltzes - a large amount of music at a value price. There are newer text editions of seven pieces included.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Moss on 6 May 2011
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As my review of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas will probably reveal, I am no expert on modern piano music books. Most of my older student manuscripts open flat without any fight, or even a faint whimper in protest.

This one feels a tad easier than the Beethoven book - the spine is differently designed and allows itself to be manipulated.

Putting aside any reservations about structure, everything else about this book is fine. It's great value. It's just chock full of all my favourite Chopin Preludes etc, and on a bad day I think I'll never get the hang of them. There are no concessions towards less able pianists such as myself, but in a way that is quite reassuring - as I make progress, I am feeling that it has something to do with my own improving technique, rather than that someone has lowered the bar.

Clear print, and on this basis I would be very happy to order other examples in this series (now sizing up the Etudes which I shall no doubt massacre in a similar way).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By loonyman978 on 23 May 2011
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I'm a great fan of Chopin and have his works in many different books, so i bought this to consolidate his pieces in one place. The book contains all of chopins preludes, nocturnes and waltzes, including the works published after his death (e.g. nocturne in c sharp minor), and are all fairly well printed with good fingers and markings. My only slight critisism is that the music is occasionally rather dark and bold print, probably from cramming in so many pieces, and that the individual pieces dont give the key in the titles, a hassle when flicking through to find a specific piece. Apart from that, this book is a joy to use, and I can see it keeping me busy for a very long time. I thouroughly recommend it, especially at such a low price.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DSSS91 on 28 Dec. 2009
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Great book, Chopin is a genius.

One little downside is that the notes are quite close together making sight reading slightly harder for me. Then again, they've squashed all of Chopins nocturnes waltzs and preludes into one book, so that can be forgiven.
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Rafael Joseffy`s editions of Chopin`s piano music (these works and others) still retain their place these days, namely for a pianist with such small hands and, thus, short reach (stretch), that he needs Joseffy`s very complex fingerings to cope with playing the music smoothly, without breaking legato yet not overusing the pedal as compensation for those tiny paws, unless, of course, he is fortunate enough to be as double-jointed as Chopin himself was.

Joseffy`s editing is fine, from a musical standpoint of the music notated on the page, but certainly no better than what some other editors have provided, notably Ignaz Jan Paderewsky (also Alfred Cortot) in editions better suited for pianists with normally sized hands. Paderewsky`s editing is famously spare and authentic; however, that sparsity applies also to fingering, so most pianists, especially amateurs, are likely to prefer Mikuli or Cortot, whose editions include more ample fingering indications better suiting their needs than Paderewsky`s almost too elegantly unintrusive editing does so. Getting back to Joseffy, pianists, in fact, with normal or large hands will find Joseffy`s fingerings downright congestive and very annoying, i.e. useless. And, for sure, Chopin`s music does need some help with fingerings included in a good edition to facilitate mastering it.

Far better it is for the pianist of average physique to use Carl Mikuli`s wonderful editions of Chopin. Their fingerings are superbly straightforward, practical, and uniformly helpful, while the quality of Mikuli`s editing is good, too, and less fussy than what Joseffy provided.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Jenkinson on 25 Mar. 2013
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I should have realised that I needed about another five years (at least) before even opening this book.
A great pity that the product did not have a'look inside' feature.
It would have saved a lot of wasted effort form everyone (hint for Amazon).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn s on 29 April 2012
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All the great pieces are in here and it's nicely laminated to avoid any finger mark damage. Now all you have to do is learn to play in 4 flats!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 7 Nov. 2013
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Indication of difficulty level would be helpful, having the cover as a binder rather than having to break the spine would be helpful too
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanislas PAMELA on 20 April 2013
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Careful with Chopin.
If you start you never play anything else afterwards...
x x x x x z z z z z
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