Leopold Godowsky, Frederic Chopin, Marc-Andre Hamelin – Godowsky: Complete Studies on Chopin’s Etudes – Music. 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. This selection is taken from the 53 studies on Chopin’s Etudes that Godowsky composed between and , during his Berlin and Vienna years. They are.

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Pachmann made an American Victor 78rpm of it. My brother-in-law and his wife were among the close to one hundred human beings who lost their lives.

Theodor Kullak writes, “The whole piece is a song, or, better still, an aria, in which two principal voices are to be brought out; the upper one is in imitation of a human voice, while the lower one must bear the character throughout of an obligato violoncello. Far from being disrespectful maltreatments of Chopin’s masterpieces, Godowsky’s elaborations aim to extend the limits of modern piano technique.

Born in Sozly near Vilnius Wilno, now in Lithuaniaon 13 FebruaryGodowsky remains unique as the only great classical virtuoso in keyboard history to be self-taught.

Being averse to any tampering with the text of any master work when played in the original form, I would condemn any artist for taking liberties with the works of Chopin or any other great composer. Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hier eine Nocturne, eine Polonaise, da eine Mazurka?

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

The arpeggiated right-hand chords, caught in the pedal, create alternating dissonances increasing to fortissimo and consonances diminishing to forte and build tension climactically.

None, certainly, who had received such little formal training. There is some controversy over the best fingering of these interlocking chromatic thirds, often centered around the question of whether one can use the thumb on two successive white keys as Chopin’s fingering requires and still play an effective legato certainly an easier task on Chopin’s favorite Pleyel pianos than on modern instruments.


Huneker waxes, “every bar rules over a little harmonic kingdom of its own. Hamelin delivers on every level: 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. That Stanhope proves himself equal to the challenges of this repertoire is already saying a great deal, and he shows that he is particularly adept at handling the left-hand etudes, in which all the material, thematic and accompanimental, is contained in a single hand.

The unusual mental and physical demands made upon the performer by the above-mentioned work, must invariably lead to a much higher proficiency in the command of the instrument, while the composer for the piano will find a number of suggestions regarding the treatment of the instrument and its musical utterance in general.

Mindestens ein Pianist bzw. James Huneker asked, “Were ever Beauty and Duty so mated in double harness?

Godowsky Studies on Chopin Etudes

Chopin is so successful in infusing poetry into his exercise in thirds that Huneker turns to superlatives: And in places the notes of the figuration create motives that counterpoint the main melody. At least one pianist Francesco Libetta has played the complete 53 Studies in concert two recitals in Milan, and This nocturne is composed almost entirely of quickly rolled chords of wide span, at a rate of six per hand per measure with the hands close together, creating a harp-like effect – “as if the guitar had been dowered with a soul,” writes Huneker.

Successive repetitions of the figurative curves accumulate to produce a powerful sound whose apogee is reached at the end of the piece.

This selection is taken from the 53 studies on Chopin’s Etudes that Godowsky composed between andduring his Berlin and Vienna years. Simon Finlow writes, “if still further evidence were needed of his exceptional pianistic insight, Chopin provides it at the end: Nonetheless, this is a great pianist and, more importantly a chkpin mind, and odd minutes well spent.


Studies on Chopin’s Études

The pianist must have lare reserves of power and endurance. But it would be an error to think that Chopin permitted every one of the small notes to be distinctly heard.

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. What makes this DVD such an enjoyable experience is what Stanhope has to say to camera about the music. March Total duration: They are considered to be amongst the most taxing piano pieces ever written, and generally Ian Hobson does remarkably well in sorting out the myriad of polyphonic lines, juxta-position of complex rhythmic patterns and the excess of notes.

It is worth quoting at length: Of the 18 included, a couple of numbers combine two Chopin Etudes in one study, the most notorious being the Black-Key and the Butterfly in a piece called Badinage. Das wurde auf chopij Art erreicht: Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox chopjn accept the defaults.

A study in right-hand triplets. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. This amounts to a transformation of harmonic figuration into an effect of dynamic power and energy.

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. Skip to main content.