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 √Čtudes 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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Having made Chicago his home fromfor the next decade he combined a struggling concert career with that of a successful teacher. I don’t recall ever even seeing his recording. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. They wrote me from Niagara Falls, where they had stopped overnight, of their enthusiastic appreciation of one of the wonders of the world, and continued to Chicago.

Asks the pianist to play a left hand figure of wide extension up to a thirteenth. In a middle section, a bass melodic line must be traced by the fifth finger of the left hand, with aid from the pedal.

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

The frequent need to place the thumb on a black key complicates the arpeggios.

Godowsky Studies on Chopin Etudes |

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 cbopin the student that it is a fallacy to deem the left hand less adaptable to training than the right hand.

The original Chopin Studies remain as intact as they were before any arrangements of them were published; in fact, numerous artists claim that after assiduously studying my versions, many hidden beauties in the original Studies will reveal themselves to the observant student.


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.

Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. It takes careful tonal balance and phrasing to give the melody its due while maintaining smooth rapid arpeggiation of the chords that compose it. James Huneker asked, “Were ever Beauty and Duty so mated in double harness?

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.

Some recast Chopin’s right-hand passagework for the left hand while introducing new contrapuntal ideas; 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 are for the left hand alone.

Eventually I came to the conclusion that the left hand is easier to develop when given an opportunity. The fifty-three studies are to be considered in an equal degree suitable for concert purposes and private study. Kullak calls it a “bravura study of the very highest order for the left hand.

Studies after Frederic Chopin (Godowsky, Leopold)

Those Godowsky studies listed but not published are: This was republished with nine others in by Schirmer:. 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. Written by Chopin for Ignaz Moscheles. If you are indifferent or worse, offendedthen this music is not for you.

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.


Taken as a etdues, these Studies revolutionized piano writing and expanded the polyphonic and polyrhythmic capabilities of the instrument. The pianist must have lare reserves of power and endurance. This is the third complete set to appear on record. 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. Godowsky published 53 studies, although there are 54 recorded here there are two versions etudss the third study based on Op.

Huneker waxes, “every bar rules over a little harmonic kingdom of its own. Byhowever, the advertised total had risen to None, certainly, who had received such little formal training. Gdowsky any other composer ever produced works of such a revolutionary nature for the piano at such an early age? What saves them is their very evident commitment to exploring all of the tricky corners of pianism.

Godowsky Studies on Chopin Etudes

But it would be an error to think that Chopin permitted every one of the small notes to be distinctly heard. There is some controversy over the best fingering of these interlocking chromatic thirds, often godowsyk 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.

Don’t show me this message again. One of two of them, and I think specifically here of the tenth etude A flat majorare pretty trite. Hopefully, receptive listeners new to the Godowsky experience will welcome the kind of prismatic effect he etuxes secure in the knowledge that it is produced by a friendly hand.

It was rather an undulation of the A flat major chord, here and there thrown aloft anew by the pedal.