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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2011
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
on 23 May 2011
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 29 February 2012
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. Schirmer published Chopin`s music as both of these men (Mikuli and Joseffy) edited it, though what is in Schirmer`s catalogues at any one time can waver from decade to decade; however, with Amazon and other on-line WWW sites available to find used copies, this is not too much of an obstacle in obtaining the edition which the pianist happens most to desire. Go for the Mikuli, unless you need the crutch of Joseffy`s solutions for those with tiny hands and short fingers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2012
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
on 15 April 2012
It is very well worth purchasing the works of one of my favourite composers - Chopin! Although I had already listened to the majority of his works, now I have the privilege of having all his preludes, nocturnes and waltzes altogether. In this conection, it is very very easy for me now to choose the music I want to listemn to. Thank you very much.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2010
Great book, the edition is super, clear, easy to use but since it is a huge book some times it's hard to keep the pages in place. Other than that you get a lot of music for a small price. I would also recommend you the Schirmer's Chopin Mazurkas and Polonaises, two books that all pianists should have it their library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2012
I bought this book as my first of schirmer's classics, and I have to say I think that it is a great buy. I loved Chopin already and getting all these pieces in one handy book was just excellent, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to play Chopin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2012
Bought this collection after starting playing the piano after a 6 years break. It's a true gem collection with original ornamets, dynamics, etc. Really recommend if you wish to have a range of easy/difficult Chopic pieces. Happy Playing! :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2013
Originally thought it's such a good price ,will be worth it anyway.
We used book for 2 months for two pieces, 4 pages falling off already.Very frustrating to deal with it when you know musicians tend to be perfectionist.
I wouldn't buy any volume from this series any more.
Meantime, bought several books from Alfred masterworks, clearer printing, suggested fingering, nice cover, spiral binding, easy to open and stay flat, worth the investment!
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