How big were Chopin's hands?

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How big were Chopin's hands?

From the " Frédéric Chopin – a centenary focus" article at

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/frédéric-chopin-–-a-centenary-focus

"[Chopin is] the only great composer whose every work involves the piano – no symphonies, operas or choral works and only a handful of compositions that involve other instruments. He wrote just under 200 works; 169 of these are for solo piano."

200 - 169 = 31.

That's a very large number of fingers for a "handful" :-)  

Cheers

Spider.

"Louder! Louder! I can still hear the singers!"

- Richard Strauss to the orchestra, at a rehearsal.

RE: How big were Chopin's hands?

Chopin had surprisingly small hands, in fact, and had to come up with some imaginative fingerings for his music in order to be able to play it.  If you are able to get there, there is an anniversary exhibition of Chopin at the British Library in London at the moment, which includes a cast of Chopin's hands taken shortly after his death.  

RE: How big were Chopin's hands?

The more one stretches one's hands the wider they will stretch - up to a point and without resorting to the sort of device Schumann used.

Adrian

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