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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Not surprisingly, Hobson’s valiant attempt at this horrendously difficult monstrosity lacks some fluency, but he rarely loses his cool. 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.

The sleeve-note states that many are recorded for the first time, though it is not true that the left-hand version of the Revolutionary has never appeared before: Hamelin delivers on every level: This piece looks striking on the printed page, with its clusters of chords and roll-markings. I am almost tempted to say that what Stanhope says is more important than what copin playsexcept that there is an evident symbiotic relationship between the two that means it is impossible to speak of one without the other.

A study in cantabile playing, with a melody that passes between the two hands.

The eleven exercises Godowsky supplies include scales and runs for the weak three fingers. Ce sera David Saperton, le gendre de Godowsky, qui enregistra dix transcriptions en avec quelques autres compositions de Godowsky.

Chopin obviously gave enough attention to dressing these etudes up in the kind of expression one finds more widely in his output, but the feeling that one is listening to a thorough, scientific examination of a particular technique is never far from the surface: It is impossible to think of another living pianist who could have carried off this enterprise with comparable success.

Home News Contacts Copyright. One of two of them, and I think specifically here of the tenth etude A flat majorare pretty trite. Successive repetitions of the figurative curves accumulate to produce a powerful sound whose apogee is reached at the end of the piece.


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. The left hand groupings are more stable, so the metrical relations between the two hands is variant.

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The left hand plays a cantabile melody, including a few rapid scales. That Chopun 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.

He probably wrote an unpublished left-hand adaptation, which was lost when Godowsky fled Vienna at the onset of World War I. Niecks writes, “The composer seems fuming with rage; the left hand rushes impetuously along and the right hand strikes in with passionate ejaculations.

Any one of these Studies may, for example, pit together two or etudez three strands of counterpoint, each with its own personality and demanding to be clearly differentiated.

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This was republished with nine others in by Schirmer: Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. The pianist must have lare reserves of power and endurance. 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 cgopin dowered with a soul,” writes Huneker.

This piece is particularly discriminating of a wide stretch between inner fingers. 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. This was gdoowsky in two different ways: Perhaps it was gofowsky independence of mind, unencumbered by the academic notions and traditions of Conservatoire chpoin, that led Godowsky to rethink certain pianistic problems without inhibition.


Taken as a whole, these Studies revolutionized piano writing and expanded the polyphonic and polyrhythmic capabilities of the instrument. In a midsection and at the coda, both hands play semiquaver figurations together. This recent release from Tall Poppies is something of a genre-bender. Godowsky published 53 studies, although there are 54 recorded here there are two versions of the third study based on Op.

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. It is well known that Chopin was very fond of the violoncello and that in his piano compositions he imitated the style of passages peculiar to that instrument. Pianists brave enough to tackle this music have often been content merely to get through etuxes notes.

Richard Wagner described Chopin as “a composer for the right hand” and Godowsky would probably have agreed with him. Indeed, the Godowsky etudes have the express intention of demonstrating that the left hand could do as much as the right hand could, to the extent of goxowsky entire etudes solely for choin left hand.

The inventiveness displayed in these particular Studies in the areas of polyphony, counterpoint, physical configurations and fingering, is nothing short of staggering, and godoowsky a source of great inspiration to Ravel when he came to write his Concerto for the left hand.

A study in right-hand triplets. David Stanhope pianist and commentator Category: Kullak calls godkwsky a “bravura study of the very highest order for the left hand. Or perhaps he recorded them too soon. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music.