Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1

Masterclass from Forum Musikae, Summer 2019, Madrid.

CHOPIN NOCTURNE OP. 9 NO. 1, Alexander Traikov

Length: 32’22”

https://youtu.be/rAL9zFH50_U

Étude Op. 10, No. 1 in C Major

Edna Golandsky decodes Chopin Op. 10 No. 1

  • 0:00 – 1:25: General introduction
  • 1:25 – 3:45: Redistribution, positioning the torso
  • 3:45 – 5:30: Analysis of the rotation
  • 5:30 – 7:38: Analysis of the In & Out
  • 7:38 – 10:20: Analysis of the shaping and the combination of movements
  • 10:20 – 13:50: Grouping and other considerations
  • 13:50 – 25:55: Fingering, and other considerations (In & Out, rotation, walking hand and arm, grouping)
  • 24:55 – 25:37: Final thoughts
https://youtu.be/pPQPPV8wp3s

Étude Op. 10, No. 2 in A Minor

Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 2: Avoiding Twisting through Proper Rotation and Shaping in the opening

Length: 6’44”

Chopin’s etude Op. 10 no.2 is known for its the use of the notorious “weak” outer fingers. Edna explains how to feel grounded in the keys and prevent any twisting of the alignment through single and double rotations.

  • 00:00 – 4:24 Eliminating Twisting and Applying Single and Double Rotation in Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 2.
  • 4:25 – 5:52 Grouping and Shaping in Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 2
  • 5:53 – 6:45 Left hand Leaps in Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 2
https://youtu.be/O1MM2TFheog

Étude Op. 10, No. 4 in C# Minor

Chopin Etude Op.10 No.4 Interdependence of the hands / broken chords

https://youtu.be/nehBFCBjBx0

How to avoid stretching on Chopin Etude Op. 10 No.4 m.3 LH Broken Chord

https://youtu.be/kUyYzXDiK84

Étude Op. 10, No. 5 in G Major, “Black Key Étude”

Single rotations in Chopin Etudes: “Winter Wind” and the “Black Key” etudes.

Length: 5’18”

In these well-known etudes, the use of proper single rotations will allow one to play more efficiently than any isolated movements. Edna demonstrates this and applies the same concept to both etudes.

  • 00:00 – 3:19 Single Rotation, shaping and Torso adjustment in Chopin Etude Op. 25 No.11
  • 3:20 – 5:18 Single Rotation, In and Out and shaping in Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 5
http://youtu.be/V32I2FXF0Ko

Étude Op. 10, No. 8 in F Major

Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 8, Hugo Bermudez

Masterclass 2016 Yamaha, NYC – USA

Length: 10’03”

https://youtu.be/j4zsTlQHWnY

Edna Golandsky discusses Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 8

  • 0:05-0:47: Trill: measuring number of notes and in&out
  • 0:47-3:24: part scale/part arpeggio
  • 3:25-4:20: exception in shaping when thumb crosses under
  • 4:20-6:27: one black key changes the in and out + to avoid stretching of the thumb
  • 6:41-8:05: using rotation and grouping to cover distances and changes of direction
  • 8:08-9:48: arpeggio: crossing over thumb in the black key area and fingering
https://youtu.be/tx5gY1ELseM

Chopin’s Etude Op. 10 No. 8: Rotating with the proper In and Out

Length: 4’00”

Edna takes a look at the opening of the Op. 10 No. 8 etude and demonstrated how moving in and out with the right finger will facilitate the arpeggios. The proper single and double rotations will make this passage much more natural when ultimately minimized.

http://youtu.be/RiXXEVDoqYc

Étude Op. 10, No. 9 in F Minor

Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 9 Avoiding stretching in the LH

Length: 2’29”

The LH of Op.10 No.9 can be injurious if done incorrectly with stretching of big intervals. Edna suggests a fingering and shows how to move in the keys in order to rotate efficiently in these LH figurations.

http://youtu.be/1SAwkZTADyk

Étude Op. 10, No. 12 in C Minor, “Revolutionary Étude”

Chopin Op.10 No.12 m.7

Length: 7’42”

Fingering/ In and Out / Shaping

https://youtu.be/JXEwuVx1j_8

Étude Op. 25, No. 1 in A-flat Major

Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 6 and Op. 25 No. 1: Double Thirds

  • 0:00-2:12: double rotation and settling the arm equally behind each note
  • 2:12-3:38: in and out and fingering in the trill
  • 3:38-4:34: fingering, crossing and shaping in moving double thirds
  • 4:35-5:45: ascending chromatic double third scale
  • 5:55-6:47: opening of Chopin op 10 no 8 completely minimized
  • 6:53-13:23: Chopin op 25 no 1: Edna showing a few different places covering playing on black keys, rotation, in and out, shaping, leaps and grouping
https://youtu.be/ZaJeACpOUXs

Étude Op. 25, No. 2 in F Minor

Chopin Etude Op.25 No.2 m.7

Q: 5th finger at the end of the arpeggio feels weak

https://youtu.be/kr-IYK70NEE

Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 2: Avoiding injury from Twisting and Stretching with the LH

Length: 4’35”

The LH of the Op.25 No. 2 can be a hazard if approached physically incorrectly. Edna goes through an excerpt explaining how one can prevent twisting by becoming comfortable with the black key area and letting go by using a staccato touch.

http://youtu.be/vUreslgA2FA

Étude Op. 25, No. 3 in F Major

Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 3: Leaping with freedom

Length: 4’28”

Although it is a lesser played work of the Op.25 set, this etude contains issues involving proper leaps and use of shaping to assist this. Edna goes through these movement in both hands and suggests some fingerings.

http://youtu.be/mD9c_tPJpR8

Étude Op. 25, No. 5 in E Minor

Chopin Op. 25 No. 5

  • 0:21 – 3:25 Rotating from single notes to intervals in Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 5 (Middle section).
  • 3:36 – 5:51 In and Out motion in Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 5 (Middle section).
  • 5:52 – 7:10 Shaping in Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 5 (Middle section).
  • 7:11 – 8:09 Thinking the Closest Note in Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 5 (Middle section).
  • 8:12 – 9:32 Grouping in Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 5 (Middle section).
  • 9:34 – 13:33 Rhythmic Expression in Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 5 (Middle section)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuOyWq4zTt4&feature=youtu.be

Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 5: Choreography and Grouping

Length: 10’12”

Many times, pianists will resort to the same fingerings for passages that visibly look the same on the page. This can produce very tense hand positions; Edna works on better fingerings and ways to shape these passages so that they are easier to play.

http://youtu.be/Yc_yDZVvf6I

Étude Op. 25, No. 6 in G# Minor

Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 6 and Op. 25 No. 1: Double Thirds

  • 0:00-2:12: double rotation and settling the arm equally behind each note
  • 2:12-3:38: in and out and fingering in the trill
  • 3:38-4:34: fingering, crossing and shaping in moving double thirds
  • 4:35-5:45: ascending chromatic double third scale
  • 5:55-6:47: opening of Chopin op 10 no 8 completely minimized
  • 6:53-13:23: Chopin op 25 no 1: Edna showing a few different places covering playing on black keys, rotation, in and out, shaping, leaps and grouping
https://youtu.be/ZaJeACpOUXs

Chopin Etude Op. 25 No.6 Using Rotation and In and out for double thirds

Length: 6’30”

Many people come with problems in playing double thirds and especially with issues from Op.25 No.6. Edna addresses the common misconceptions in rotating for double thirds and how to move in and out of the keys to assist this issue.

http://youtu.be/WjaZu6_ysAc

Étude Op. 25, No. 11 in A Minor, “Winter Wind”

Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 11

Length: 8’31”

  • 0:00 – 3:25 Rotation/Fingering
  • 3:25 – 7:10 Arpeggios/Connecting
  • 7:10 – 8:30 Going up/Small leap

Op.25 No.11 presents many challenges for the movement of the right hand. Edna briefly shows what concepts she applies for the playing of these figurations from the opening.

http://youtu.be/hZEwwEi7cPo

Single rotations in Chopin Etudes: “Winter Wind” and the “Black Key” etudes.

Length: 5’18”

In these well-known etudes, the use of proper single rotations will allow one to play more efficiently than any isolated movements. Edna demonstrates this and applies the same concept to both etudes.

  • 00:00 – 3:19 Single Rotation, shaping and Torso adjustment in Chopin Etude Op. 25 No.11
  • 3:20 – 5:18 Single Rotation, In and Out and shaping in Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 5

 

http://youtu.be/V32I2FXF0Ko

Chopin Etude Op. 25 No.11: Using the Proper Choreography to play the Arpeggios

Length:6’39”

Edna displays the multiple aspects that goes into playing these arpeggios and demonstrates the proper rotations, in/out movements, and more. She also briefly addresses the small leap at the end of this passage.

  • 00:00 – 2:07 Rotation (1st line of arpeggios).
  • 2:08 – 4:22 In and Out and Shaping (1st line of arpeggios).
  • 4:23 – 6:40 Rotation, In and Out, Shaping and Leaps (2nd line of arpeggios)
http://youtu.be/VckeDw1bYLw

Étude Op. 25, No. 12 in C Minor

Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 12: Moving efficiently in the arpeggiated figures

Length: 9’13”

The figuration in the opening of this etude, as well as in the rest of the work, can be facilitated with the right knowledge of rotation and subtle over-shaping. Edna demonstrates these concepts as well as including the importance of moving the torso to keep the forearm aligned with the hand.

http://youtu.be/nCKIwO7U6XI

Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31

Chopin Scherzo No. 2 mm.545-582

  • 1:45-6:19 Staccato Leaps in both hands from M.552.
  • 6:20-7:20 Cause of tension: twist / how to solve this?
  • 7:20-8:45 playing octaves with 1-5 and getting legato effect.
  • 8:46-9:17 torso adjustment
  • 9:18 –10:33 leaps in both directions and how to organize it. (active direction and passive direction)
  • 10:34-end Leaps with both hands simultaneously: which hand goes first?
https://youtu.be/1PALxtod9a4

Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35

Chopin B flat minor Sonata, 1st Movement, Sakura Myers
The benefits of the teacher training

Golandsky Institute Yamaha Spring Workshop 2016

Length: 45’07”

https://youtu.be/kVnNK6MX_wU

Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38

Chopin Ballade No. 2: Examining and Solving difficult passages

Length: 16’24”

Many people bring the Presto con fuoco section from the 2nd Ballade with questions on how to play with more ease. Edna looks at various passages and explains the multiple aspects that go into moving more naturally and efficiently.

  • 0:00 – 1:30 Rotating to the left for RH intervals
  • 1:30 – 3:47 Moving Out in white keys
  • 3:47 – 6:20 Shaping to ease movement
  • 6:20 – 8:00 Torso Mvmt/Grouping
  • 8:00 – 8:30 Moving into the Black Keys
  • 8:30 – 11:20 Rotating to the left for RH
  • 11:20 – 12:05 In and Out/Grouping in 2
  • 12:05 – 12:52 Efficient Leaps
  • 12:52 – 13:50 Single and Double Rotations
  • 14:10 – 16:24 Octaves/LH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLAo7O2w7iE

Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1

Chopin Nocturne Op.48-1

0:00-15:10 mm. 49-52

  • 1:00-1:30 Why are the shoulders holding up?
  • 1:30-6:16 Repeated chords and voicing the chords
  • 6:17- 9:18 Does one have to hang on the long note?
  • 9:19-12:46 Left hand: double notes trills and leaps
  • 12:47-15:10 How to express syncopation?

15:10-end mm. 69-70

  • 15:10-18:23 Left hand leaps and redistribution
  • 18:24-18:49 Right hand – how to play the chords? It’s all physically staccato
  • 18:50-end Right hand – in and out motion
https://youtu.be/BnBFQZsJVls

Barcarolle in F# Major, Op. 60

Double Thirds

Edna takes a look at famous literature including a Schubert Impromptu and the Chopin Barcarolle to display how one can use proper double thirds technique to play otherwise difficult passages. She mentions concepts like rotating to the left instead of the common mistake of rotating the right.

  • 00:00 – 2:23 Double thirds in Schubert Impromptu Op. 142 no. 4.
  • 2:25 – 3:58 Double thirds trill in Chopin Barcarolle.
https://youtu.be/gsPDneNihrs

 


Nocturne No. 20 in C♯ minor, Op. posth

LH shaping in Chopin’s C# minor Nocturne

Edna Golandsky shows the difference in sound when applying shaping to ones playing compared to one without.

 

http://youtu.be/tOqXqHWry4s

 

RH shaping in Chopin’s C# minor Nocturne

Length: 4’01”

Edna Golandsky displays shaping in RH melodic material while giving examples of breaking one’s alignment through use of an excessively high or low wrist.

 

http://youtu.be/s9JZCiRfNZQ

 

Expressive playing in slower moving passages: Chopin’s C# minor Nocturne

Edna Golandsky plays a short excerpt from Chopin’s C# minor Nocturne to demonstrate how one properly moves in a slower moving passage.

 

http://youtu.be/t_m-J2hNwKw

 


 

Grand Valse Brillante Op. 18

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62V2tdkBkT8