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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Zofia Chechlinska notes, “the figuration is now located in both hands and is fused into a single layer, while the bottom notes bring out the melodic line.

Studies on Chopin’s Études

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. They remain among the most daunting challenges of the piano literature, their difficulties not always fully apparent to the listener. Pianists brave enough to tackle this music have often been content merely to get through the notes.

Obviously, Hamelin was born to make Godowsky live for us.

Taken as a whole, these Studies revolutionized piano writing and expanded the polyphonic and polyrhythmic capabilities of the instrument. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Another study in arpeggios – mostly on the right hand, with occasional intrusions on the left, especially at the end.

Further complicates the right hand part with a few tricky grace notes. Kullak calls it a “bravura study of the very highest order for the left hand. Byhowever, the advertised total had risen to 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 godowsky-hcopin inspiration to Ravel when he came to write his Concerto for the left hand.


The left-hand alone etudes are some of the most interesting things on this Godowsky-chppin, both musically and at the level of performance.

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

I am almost tempted to say that what Stanhope says is more important than what he playsexcept that there is an evident symbiotic relationship between the two etudse means it is impossible to speak of one without the other.

He probably wrote an unpublished left-hand adaptation, which was lost when Godowsky fled Vienna at the onset goddowsky-chopin World War I. Asks the right hand to play a legato melody and stacatto accompaniment the latter augmented by the left hand simultaneously a procedure which Robert Collet claims originated with Weber.

Dynamics also vary frequently. It was composed etude in Stuttgart, shortly after chopin had godowskg-chopin tidings of the taking of Warsaw by the Russians, September 8, ” hence its nickname. Having made Chicago his home fromfor the next decade he combined a struggling concert career with that of a successful teacher. On a purely musical level these pieces seem overladen and I disagree with Frank Cooper’s assessment in the sleeve-note that they are ”rare and beautiful”.

A simple experiment, though, will suffice: This recent release from Tall Poppies is something of a genre-bender. Huneker notes, “it contains a remarkable passage of consecutive fifths that set the theorists by the ears. The comments which I feel are particularly insightful are marked out in bold.

The piece is rhythmically challenging, for although the figurations do not change in any substantial way, the right hand quavers are grouped sometimes in three, sometimes in twos, sometimes in syncopated twos, and sometimes in a continual uniform stacatto or legato line; these differences of articulation change the melodic line that emerges. Doesn’t look too hard after all, does it?


This was republished with nine others in by Schirmer: 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. An even more amazing Study is No.

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.

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It takes careful tonal balance and phrasing to give the melody its due while maintaining smooth rapid arpeggiation of the chords that compose it. Don’t show me this message again. 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.

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TEN: Chopin Etudes Op. 10 and Godowsky, Studies on Chopin’s Etudes Op. 10

And in places the notes of the figuration create motives that counterpoint the main melody. In a middle section, a bass melodic line must be traced by the fifth finger of the left hand, with aid from the pedal. That Stanhope proves himself equal to godowky-chopin 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.

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 fodowsky-chopin technique.