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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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 of the scores will help understand why. Write a customer review. Ce sera David Saperton, le gendre de Godowsky, qui enregistra dix transcriptions en avec quelques autres compositions de Godowsky.

The effect is like one’s first encounter with Milton’s earthly paradise. In particular, listen to the performances of the Etudes arranged for the left hand alone. Media article in good condition, may show traces of usage. Alexa Actionable Analytics for ettude Web.

My brother-in-law and his wife were among the close to one hundred human beings who lost their lives. In its application to piano playing the left hand has many advantages over the right hand and it would suffice to enumerate but a few of these to convince the student that it is a fallacy to deem the left hand less adaptable to training than the right hand. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. It is worth quoting at length: He also composed a number of original works.

The variety of contrapuntal and polyrhythmic devices Revolutionaru used is tremendous and it would probably take a book to discuss the Passacaglia in detail.

Some recast Chopin’s right-hand passagework for the left hand while introducing new contrapuntal rdvolutionary some treat the originals more freely, inverting, imitating or combining two Etudes; others are character pieces or variations based on Chopin’s originals; and twenty-two of the Studies revolutionay for the left hand alone.

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Yet, despite their difficulties, it is not flashy or showy music. I have not yet been able to discover with any degree of authenticity the why behind his studies on Chopin’s etudes.


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

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Such difficult music is probably out of reach technically for most of us, but it 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.

The difference is astounding, and compared to Saperton’s playing, the others sound like they are making mud pies etudd the back yard Meral Guneyman not so much. So why is Godowsky’s music not as well-known as that of the composers mentioned above? Far from being disrespectful maltreatments of Chopin’s masterpieces, Godowsky’s elaborations aim to extend the limits of modern piano technique.

Out of the 53 Eude, 22 are for the left hand alone and Godowsky’s comments on these Studies are worth quoting in full. They also illustrate his ingenuity in writing music for the piano. The name Leopold Godowsky is rarely mentioned when one talks about favourite composers who wrote piano works.

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etuee The mastery of the etudes in their original form is daunting to the most accomplshed pianist. Yet who else among pianists could rise to the challenge?

Whether this is the case is for academics to argue over. Some of these items ship sooner than the others. As such, there has been a shortage of recordings and performances of Godowsky’s music. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Often referred to as “The Pianists’ Pianist”, Leopold Godowsky was, according to his peers, the most amazingly gifted pianist of them all. Das wurde auf zweierlei Art erreicht: Even though many pianists nowadays have the technical chops to perform Godowsky’s music, it has been neglected in favour of music which is outwardly etued.

Studies after Frederic Chopin (Godowsky, Leopold)

Despite their formidable reputation, many of them are serene in character, hardly ever exploiting the forceful, percussive side of piano writing. The limited number of compositions which have been written for the left hand alone show a desire on the part of their composers to mostly develop the left hand in the direction of mere virtuosity.


Figure 3 b A late variation of the Passacaglia. The preparatory exercises included in a number of the studies will be found helpful in developing a mechanical mastery over the pianoforte by applying them to the original Chopin studies as well as to the above-mentioned versions.

In any case, and whatever you verdict may ultimately be, this is an experience like nothing else, and as such this disc is something of a must.

Godowsky made every effort to make one hand sound like two—many of the Studies actually require two staves for their notation—and in doing so he hoped to inspire other composers to extend this principle to both hands to enrich piano-writing even more.

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However, such writing could only have been achieved by a pianist who had an intimate knowledge of the possibilities and limitations of the instrument and piano technique.

And secondly, the Studies for the left hand alone, which number twenty-two and which can truly be said to have revolutionalized piano-writing for a single 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.

Jede einzelne dieser Studien kann zum Beispiel zwei oder sogar drei kontrapunktische Linien zusammen ansetzen, deren jede godiwsky eigenen Charakter hat und die klare Differenzierung erfordern.

Whatever it is, it is hard to dispute the compositional skill and ingenuity which Godowsky poured into these Studies.

Symphony for solo piano. The non-pianist may at first think this a superfluous tinkering with the Chopin touchstones, but pianists recognize its considerable extension of technique many etudes are for the left hand alone and find Godowsky’s musical adaptations in the late Romantic idiom to be technical revo,utionary in their own right.

I can only surmise that he made the transcriptions because he was capable of playing them. Pianovers Recital Digest.

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