Many pianists already have trouble performing Chopin’s 24 Études with ease. Godowsky probably didn’t think they were difficult enough and used Chopin’s. Leopold Godowsky. Studien über die Etüden von Chopin Studies on Chopin’s Études Études d’après Chopin. Zofia Chechlinska writes, “In the studies both parts. Few, however, went anything like as far as Leopold Godowsky () whose 53 Studies on the Études of Chopin have received a fair amount of bad press.

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Stanhope is certainly agile enough, as the punishing speeds of much of the music show clearly enough, but he is also plangently lyrical and fiercely dramatic enough, as many of the etudes show.

Hamelin again, “It seems quite plain to me that such a godowsky-cohpin clever feat of combinatorial wizardry could only have been achieved by somebody with a truly profound knowledge and love of his chosen material. But for anyone who can break out of the “purist” mentality, this set contains some simply magnificent pianism and reveals Godowsky’s studies to be worthy of performance in their own right as wonderfmusic.

The left hand is favoured by nature in having the stronger part of the hand for the upper voice of all double notes and chords and also by generally having the strongest fingers for the strongest parts of a melody. Special remarks on the studies for the left hand alone In writing the twenty-two studies for the left hand alone, the author wishes to oppose the generally prevailing idea that the left hand is less responsive to development than the right.

These and a further twenty-two studies were published in eetudes Schlesinger and Schirmer, re-engraved with little change to the music but with commentary and, occasionally, revised fingerings and ossia readings.

Special attention must be drawn to the fact that owing to innumerable contrapuntal devices, which frequently compass almost the whole range of the keyboard, the fingering and pedalling are often of a revolutionary character, particularly in the twenty-two studies for the left hand alone. Godowsky notes, “It is of considerable advantage to practise most of the examples in all keys.


A study in cantabile playing, with a melody that passes between the two hands. It is therefore not difficult to understand why these godoowsky-chopin have earned the reputation of requiring Olympian feats of execution, and this helps to explain their general neglect as well as the critical abuse they have received from the time the first few were published.

Taken as a whole, these Studies revolutionized piano writing and expanded the polyphonic and polyrhythmic capabilities of the instrument. Perhaps it was this independence of mind, unencumbered by the academic notions and traditions of Conservatoire professors, that led Godowsky to rethink certain pianistic problems without inhibition. The study has an unusual look on the page, as most of the notes are printed smaller than is ordinary, with the accented notes printed at full godowskh-chopin.

The resulting music is some of the most fearsomely difficult ever to be composed for the keyboard – indeed, Godowsky also went so far as to compose a number of godowskj-chopin up” studies, for the pianist to use beforehand. So what’s the fuss? Many of the studies are fairly straight transcriptions, particularly the left hand ones, but most of them either add extra subjects in counterpoint, transpose the function of the hands in the original – as in the first of all, a majestic reworking of Op.

If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information. They remain among the most daunting challenges godowsky-chopni the piano literature, their difficulties not always fully apparent to the listener. Check out the right hand parts of Figures 2 a and 2 b and compare it to Godowsky’s creation Figure 2 c.

Classical Net Review – Godowsky – Studies on Chopin’s Études

Such difficult music is probably out of reach technically for most of us, but godowsky-cyopin is nonetheless a fascinating experience exploring, listening to and appreciating the music written by one of the most unique figures in the history of the piano. Huneker waxes, “every bar rules over a little harmonic kingdom of its own. Does Godowsky deserve this neglect? Niecks writes, “The composer seems fuming with rage; the left hand rushes impetuously along and the right hand strikes in with passionate ejaculations.


Ce sera David Saperton, le gendre de Godowsky, qui enregistra dix transcriptions en avec quelques autres compositions de Godowsky.

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What saves them is their very evident commitment to exploring all of the tricky corners of pianism. This was republished with nine others in by Schirmer:. David Stanhope pianist and commentator Category: This piece looks striking on the printed page, with its clusters of chords and roll-markings.

Has any other composer ever produced works of such a revolutionary nature for the piano at such an godowsky-cyopin age? Here a nocturne, a polonaise, there a mazurka?

The fifty-three studies are to be considered in an equal degree suitable godowskh-chopin concert purposes and private study. This was republished with nine others in by Schirmer: The character of the piece is comic, light, and very fast.

godowsky-chpin The nub of modern piano music is in the study, the most formally reckless Chopin ever penned. After all, his best-known works today the 53 Studies, Passacaglia, transcriptions are fantastic elaborations on works by other composers, rather than original melodies that he himself composed.

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Not only does Hamelin have the “chops” he has been including various of the studies in his recitals both programmed and as encores for years now and it shows. In a midsection and at the coda, both hands play semiquaver figurations together. Or perhaps he recorded them too soon. I then transposed the Study to the left hand to see whether the same fingering could be applied to it: