Practice recommendations for the difficult technical passages of F. Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 Op. 23

Practice recommendations for F. Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 Op. 23


  • Mustafa Emir Barutcu Student


Historically, the piano gained significance over the years with the performance techniques that composers put forward in their works. In parallel with this developmental journey, the improvement of the art of interpretation led to the emergence of new playing techniques throughout periodical changes. The romantic era can be presented as an example to this situation as it was the period when the piano reached its highest level in terms of technique and music. In this context, Frédéric Chopin, considered one of the most important composers of the romantic period, has inspired many composers after him with the countless difficult pieces he has added to the piano literature. In the musical quest that he started, the piano technique improved greatly and led to the emergence of innovative interpretive approaches such as lyricism, timbre, and the rubato technique. This study presents the technical significance of the Ballade No.1 Op. 23, a composition of F. Chopin that can be presented as an example to these approaches and offers suggestions on how to practice the structures of this piece. Additionally, the research conducted a technical analysis of Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 and as a result of the analysis, developed a model for its practice method.

Keywords: Frédéric Chopin, Piano Technique, Ballade, and Analysis.