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This composition is originally at an RCM grade 6 level, but I created a simplified arrangement of it for those at around a grade 1 to 2 level. As always, the PDF can be found linked below. Backstory time! Chopin wrote about 20 waltzes — only 8 were published while he was still alive. The Rothschild familya family that had been a patron and friend to Chopin in his lifetime, donated it to the Paris Conservatory.
For the most part, his waltzes were written to please the public, to play at salons and to give enjoyment to his intellectual friends. However, this waltz — one of the last discovered and written — I consider to be more emotional than most of the others published during his lifetime. The mood of this piece alternates between sadness Waltz For Toutzy (Chopin) - Various - Piano Bar hope, and is really quite beautiful.
My arrangement simplifies the last line which is rather complex in its original formbut I think the integrity of the composition remains. For starters, this is a waltz, which if you remember from the video on waltzeshave these characteristics:. The tempo is the Italian Allegretto. You might remember that Allegro means fast — allegretto is slightly slower, but still goes Various - Speedking Vol.
5 at a fair clip. This Waltz in A Minor by Chopin makes a good study in chords. Once you understand what the chords are in each bar, it becomes much easier to commit to memory. The first chord is an A C E — A minor. Makes sense, seeing as this piece is in A minor — composers almost always start with the chord or harmony of the key signature.
Here, the D is omitted and the F, the 7th, is added, making it a G7 chord. Next up is a discussion of Waltz For Toutzy (Chopin) - Various - Piano Bar quick turns, or trills. In this piece, it simply means to do a little flick up, then back Polo - Curro de Utrera - Rhythm Of Spain. In the first line, that means moving quickly from an E up to an F, and back to an E.
The same idea applies to the others. In the third line you move from B to C to B, and so on. There are a couple other things to discuss here today. The first is a term called Rubatowhich means to play with a flexible tempo. This generally means to slow down a little at the end of a phrase or section, and speed up a little as the music gains momentum or grows toward a forte sound. Rubato Get On Down - The Mean Reds - Dog And Pony Show into its own in the Romantic era, and was commonly used as a tool of expression and drama.
Chopin himself appears to have used Rubato sparingly, despite how dramatic interpretations of his music tend to be. Try adding little touches of Rubato as opposed to wild Waltz For Toutzy (Chopin) - Various - Piano Bar sweeping Rubato.
The last technical detail in this piece to look at is something called an arpeggio. An arpeggio is kind of like a triad — it outlines a chord. But instead of weaving back and forth, it powers though all of the notes without looking back.
No two performers will play it alike. Paul Barton is one of my favorite piano YouTubers — his piano is beautiful and I highly enjoy his tutorials. Definitely check him out! The rubato is subtle and generally reserved for section ends, and he has a delicacy of playing throughout the piece. The B section second part has a lot of lively energy, and the increase of tempo that Paul does here makes it very exciting.
The music never gets very fast, or very lighthearted — a cloud hangs over it the entire performance. This performance is slower, softer and weightier. His tempo is overall quite constant, with the exception of very dramatic phrase ends. I hope you enjoy learning this piece! Even in its arranged and simplified form, the Waltz in A Minor by Chopin is still a stretch piece that takes quite a bit of work.
Composed by Frederic Chopin Edited by Rafael Joseffy. Piano Collection. Romantic Period. With introductory text and thematic index does not include words to the songs. Schirmer LB Published by G. Schirmer HL. Share the love! Posted in grade 1Romantic and tagged grade 1lessonssheet music. Characteristics of Waltz Music on January 19, at pm. Waltzes Piano Solo.