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Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G-flat Major "Black Key"

By 

Frédéric Chopin

Chopin's Étude Op. 10 No. 5, known as the "Black Key" étude, dazzles with its bright, effervescent texture, played almost entirely on the black keys of the piano. This piece is a spirited display of pianistic flair and lightness, requiring a graceful touch and a sprightly execution that belies its underlying technical demands. The étude is a favorite among pianists for its joyous character and the unique challenge it poses, requiring the performer to deliver a sparkling clarity while navigating the keyboard with agility and precision.

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Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G-flat Major "Black Key"

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Marina Lomazov

The so-called "Black Key" Etude is one of the jewels of Chopin's Op. 10. There's something magical about how Chopin manages to compose a piece of such beauty and intrigue using almost exclusively black keys in the right hand. In this lesson, Marina Lomazov demonstrates how to adapt to the higher terrain of the black keys, and apply practice strategies such as grouping, plucking, and rhythms to the dazzling triplet patterns. Ultimately, the musical substance of this piece is found in the left hand, and Lomazov shows you the value of practicing at a moderate tempo and listening to the phrasing and voicing in your bassline and tenor.

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