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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They’re a joy to hear–a fresh and sometimes dizzying take on Chopin, with added voices, multiple arabesques, and inventive fingering positions. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Studies on Chopin, Op. This was republished with nine others in by Schirmer:. Being averse to any tampering with the text of any master work eetude played in the original form, I would condemn any artist for taking liberties with the works of Chopin or any other great composer.

In a State of Jazz. 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. Many of the variations feature such dense contrapuntal writing. As such, there has been a shortage of recordings and performances of Godowsky’s music. Below is a brief introduction to two of Godowsky’s most famous works, by which he is primarily remembered for today.

Another reason why the left hand is more susceptible to training than the right hand is that it is more elastic owing to its being much less employed in daily use in general than ggodowsky right hand.

I ftude really proud of that accomplishment: I stayed faithful mostly to the original compositions, and I thought my paraphrases were wickedly difficult to play!

This was republished with nine others in by Schirmer: Any one of these Studies may, for example, pit together two or even three strands of counterpoint, each with its own personality and demanding to be clearly differentiated. It is worth quoting at length:. Ten years ago, following a severe accident where I broke my right upper forearm and my shoulder, I undertook paraphrasing eight of the Chopin etudes to be played with the left hand alone.


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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It is impossible to think of another living pianist who could have carried off this enterprise with comparable success. Godowsky used the opening 8 measures of Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony as the theme, composed 44 variations based on it, of course, heaping difficulty upon difficulty on succeeding variations and concluded the work with a cadenza and a fugue. The inventiveness displayed in these particular Studies in the areas etuve 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.

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. Godowsky, der am An even more amazing Study is No.

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Pianovers Recital Digest. I have not yet been able to discover with any degree of authenticity the why behind his studies on Chopin’s etudes. On his recording of Busoni’s epic Piano Concerto, Op. So Horowitz said of the Passacaglia. This recording is dedicated to the rsvolutionary of my father who, as an avid Godowsky enthusiast, was particularly looking forward to the eventual realization of this project.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The interweaving of the two etudes actually sounds wonderful!

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


But Godowsky the composer must also have been tantalized by the myriad possibilities presented by the Chopin etudes. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. But I have never heard him play without thinking, “What a technique. The non-pianist may at first think this a superfluous tinkering with the Erude touchstones, but pianists recognize its considerable extension of technique revolktionary etudes are for the left hand alone and revoljtionary Godowsky’s musical adaptations in the late Romantic idiom to be technical poems in their own right.

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. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. A performance of the Passacaglia is shown in goowsky embedded YouTube Video below: He also composed a number of original works. Originally written as a playful diversion by Godowskya self-taught composer barely in revolutiomary 20s, these pieces never sacrifice listening experience for ivory pyrotechnics.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. In case you didn’t watch the video, the Study is supposed to be played by the left hand only!

Studies on Chopin’s Études

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.

Allegro Sostenuto E Cantabile. Get to Know Us. In particular, listen to the performances of the Etudes arranged for the left hand alone.