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I kno riiight :P and thanks for answering. Do you have any favorite pieces that don't have many stretchy reaches?
The main reason I asked about polyrhythms is because I'm going through a chopin piece and just 20 bars in I've seen 4 notes against 3, 6 against 4, 9 against 6, it takes me a long time to put hands together and play a passable rhythm
I worry I'll give up on it out of difficulty, but I don't wanna.
It sounds like you're playing Fantasie Impromptu xD that has 3 against 4 at PRESTO from the first bar lol but I guess just try and practice slow and build up speed? What I did was just try and get a feel of the polyrhythms and eventually with practice, it all came together nicely
Oh wait you said Chopin's op9 no2 right? Well that has much easier rhythms than his other pieces especially since it's quite a slow and peaceful (and to be honest, one of his easiest works) nocturne! For that piece, slow practice is key from what I remember (I played it for a small piano recital/concert when I was 12 so I don't really remember much)!
Umm well my favourite composer is Chopin but a lot of his pieces are quite stretchy... which is so sad :'( Mozart is always good because it requires fast finger-work rather than strenuous octaves so yeah he's always good
Other classical composers are generally good too. Romantic pieces that I've played before that do not require too many octaves are Chopin's op9 no2 (obvs), his Fantasie Impromptu, his Scherzo no.1 and his Etude op25 no 12 (I think.. he has too many etudes that I can't remember which is which xD - anyway the etude I'm talking about has very fast arpeggio-y finger work that helps you get a light delicate touch and flexible wrists, as well as obviously great finger-work). Oh and also, his etude op 25 no12 I think?? it was nicknamed 'Ocean' I think and that is very very arpeggio-y and to be frank, quite repetitive and boring, but basically no octaves. I've also played Beethoven's moonlight sonata mov.3 which isn't too bad. Liszt's Liebestraume (not sure if I spelt that right) no.3 is good too (although there are quite a few fast octave-y bits which you'll just have to make do with but it's definitely one of his more less-octave-y pieces). Also, as much as you may like Rachmaninoff, stay away with him because all his pieces require monster hands. Literally. Oh and Grieg's Wedding March (I think it was called) has few octaves which is unusual because all his works are so stretchy too so go and play that!
Hope that helps! And no problem, I love to help budding pianists