Sostenuto in E flat

Walkthrough (1)

Legato Cantabile Touch Cultivation of a beautiful singing tone is essential for Chopin’s music. Indeed, he insisted that his own students learn how to do this not by going to hear other pianists but by attending the opera and listening to the great singers of the day. How do we apply the principles of singing to our playing of Chopin’s melodic lines? Phrasing and Breathing The most obvious quality of a singing tone is balance between the melody and the background (or accompaniment). Projecting a singing line means it needs to be played more strongly than the accompaniment, but...

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