Godowsky’s Studies on Chopin’s Etudes have achieved a legendary status among piano enthusiasts. Few areas of the repertoire have such a notorious. foreword describes the unique position that Godowsky’s Studies occupy in .. Ex. Comparison between the first six notes of Chopin, Étude Op. 25 No. Leopold Godowsky, Frederic Chopin, Marc-Andre Hamelin – Godowsky: Complete Studies on Chopin’s Etudes – Music.

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Gdoowsky this is the case is for academics to argue over. Despite their formidable reputation, many of them are serene in character, hardly ever exploiting the forceful, percussive side of reolutionary writing. Godowsky has etuve accused of sacrilege for writing these Studies, i. In particular, listen to the performances of the Etudes arranged for the left hand alone.

At least one pianist Francesco Libetta has played the complete 53 Studies in concert two recitals in Milan, and The theme is in the left hand, while the right hand introduces counter melodies. Learn more about Amazon Prime. These and a further twenty-two studies were published in by Schlesinger and Schirmer, re-engraved with little change to the music but with commentary and, occasionally, revised fingerings and ossia readings. I suppose that, if you are in doubt, you could try no.

With the exception of the music of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, I know of no segment of the repertoire to have achieved such a legendary status, and even a casual perusal rvolutionary the scores will help understand why. Here a nocturne, a polonaise, there a mazurka? Sold by momox Shop.

The prospective pianist is confronted with unexpected levels of difficulty, mostly concerned with mental challenges seldom if ever encountered anywhere else in the repertoire, requiring unflinching concentration and true dedication in order that all details are clearly presented and articulated. Complete Studies on Chopin’s Etudes. Ce sera David Saperton, le gendre de Godowsky, qui enregistra dix transcriptions en rdvolutionary quelques autres compositions de Godowsky.


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Even twenty years ago, few of the studies had ever been recorded; it was rare indeed to find a pianist brave enough to include any in concert. Such was the esteem accorded to the pianist who composed the 53 studies of this album and in which he extended the well-known technical and musical ideas in the Chopin etude canon to pianistic limits unequalled before or since.

Originally written as a playful diversion by Godowskya self-taught composer barely in his 20s, these pieces never sacrifice listening experience for ivory pyrotechnics. Lento Ma Non Troppo. They wrote me from Niagara Falls, where they had stopped overnight, of their enthusiastic appreciation of one of the wonders of the world, and continued to Chicago.

Jede einzelne dieser Studien kann zum Beispiel zwei oder sogar drei kontrapunktische Linien zusammen ansetzen, deren jede einen eigenen Charakter hat und die klare Differenzierung erfordern. While some great pianists play the core works we’ve heard countless times, Marc Andre-Hamelin has an affinity for those lesser-heard gems.

Hier eine Nocturne, eine Polonaise, da eine Mazurka? Well, to tell it in brief: Image Unavailable Image not available for Color: On his recording of Busoni’s epic Piano Concerto, Op.

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The inventiveness displayed in these particular Studies in the areas of polyphony, counterpoint, physical configurations and fingering, is nothing short of staggering, and was a source of great inspiration to Ravel when he came to write his Concerto for the left hand.

In addition to what is stated above, the left hand, commanding as it does the lower half of the keyboard, has the incontestable advantage of enabling the player to produce with less effort and more elasticity a fuller and mellower tone, superior in quantity and quality to that of the right hand.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Studies on Chopin, Op. They remain among the most daunting revolutionar of the piano literature, their difficulties not always fully apparent to the listener.


It would be one thing merely to be able to PLAY these paraphrases — and some of us have the technique to pull it off; but Hamelin’s technique is so completely secure that one hears the tonal coloring, the inner voices, the occasional canons and the utter musicality of the compositions which Godowsky obviously wants us to hear. This recording is dedicated to the memory of my father who, as an avid Godowsky enthusiast, was particularly looking forward to the eventual realization of this project.

Geoffrey Douglas Madge Dante, became the first pianist to record the entire cycle, followed by Carlo Grante Altarus, — And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series: Read reviews that mention chopin etudes left hand hand alone marc-andre hamelin liner notes original etudes leopold godowsky makes them sound hamelin performance studies on chopin greatest pianists written for the left ever written piano recordings studies written hamelin technique godowsky studies piano music pieces pianist.

I have never heard such playing before. In only two cases do I offer more than one performance of the same Godowski left hend piece.

Introduction to Leopold Godowsky, his 53 Studies on Chopin’s Etudes, and Passacaglia

This provides yet another explanation why these Studies have been neglected over the years: No other recording matches the technical and musical fluency achieved in his album, and the pianist’s own liner notes are equally insightful.

Copyright – forte-piano-pianissimo. Hamelin handles it all, making these challenges sound like a walk in the park. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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