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Godowsky probably didn’t think they were difficult enough and used Chopin’s Études as a template to write new works. The final result was the 53 Studies, which. 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. 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.

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Hopefully, receptive listeners new to the Godowsky experience goxowsky welcome the kind of prismatic effect he achieved secure in the knowledge that it is produced by a friendly hand.

The right hand stacatto part is syncopated; odd-numbered beats are represented only by a single left-hand bass note, whereas even-numbered beats are filled with chords and frequently accented.

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

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.

As such, there has been a shortage of recordings and performances of Godowsky’s music. An even more amazing Study is No.

But for anyone who can break out of the “purist” mentality, this set contains some simply magnificent pianism and reveals Godowsky’s studies to be worthy of performance in their own right as wonderfmusic.

These and a further twenty-two studies were published in by Schlesinger etuds Schirmer, re-engraved with little change to the music but with commentary and, occasionally, revised fingerings and ossia readings.

Jedenfalls keiner, der so wenig formale Ausbildung erhalten hatte. Godowsky also arranged many works by J. 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.

Even twenty years ago, few of the studies had hcopin been recorded; it was rare indeed to find a pianist brave enough to include any in concert. Chopin is said to have told his friend Gutmann that “he had never in his life written another such melody.

Chopin is so successful in infusing poetry into his exercise in thirds that Huneker turns to superlatives: He probably wrote an unpublished left-hand adaptation, which was lost when Godows,y fled Vienna at the onset of World War I. Pianovers Meetup 66 Digest. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Isn’t the left-hand part from Op. This was the first significant body of left-hand piano music and Ravel studied it extensively while composing his Concerto.


A contrasting lento midsection in B etues supplies only slight relief. The top notes form a melodic line.

Here a nocturne, a polonaise, there a mazurka? The name Leopold Godowsky is rarely mentioned when one talks about favourite composers who wrote piano works. Yet, despite their difficulties, it is not flashy or showy music. Whatever it is, it is hard to dispute the compositional skill and ingenuity which Godowsky poured into these Studies. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Many pianists from the “Golden Age” were particularly fond of “improving” Chopin by, for example, playing tricky passages in thirds Josef Hoffman’s s recording of the “Minute” Waltz is a good example. In the E major midsection, the arpeggiated right hand part changes rhythm from duplets to triplets to quadruplets, and the two hands share a melodic inner voice while the left hand plays bass and the right hand plays rapid figurations; this passage has prompted comparisons with Sigismond Thalberg’s favorite compositional trick, the clever simulation of three-handed playing.

Asks the pianist to play a left hand figure of wide extension up to a thirteenth. James Huneker writes, “Here is the new technique in all its nakedness, new in the sense of figure, design, pattern, web, new in a harmonic chopun. Further complicates the right hand part with a few tricky grace notes. Having made Chicago his home fromfor the next decade he combined a struggling concert career with that of a successful teacher.

Leopold Godowsky

So Horowitz said of the Passacaglia. 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. A study in right-hand triplets. Such difficult music is probably out of reach technically for most of us, but it is nonetheless a fascinating experience exploring, listening to and appreciating the music written by one of the most unique figures in the history of the piano.

He provided me over the years with many interesting ideas and comments—all stemming from a deep familiarity with the music. You need six hands to play it. Byhowever, the advertised total had risen to James Huneker asked, “Were ever Beauty and Duty so mated in double harness? 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 ogdowsky the character throughout of an obligato violoncello.


This provides yet another explanation why these Studies have been neglected over the years: James Xhopin writes, “The melody is morbid, almost irritating, and yet not without certain accents of grandeur. 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 preparatory exercises included in a number of the studies will be found helpful in developing a mechanical mastery over the pianoforte by applying them to the original Chopin studies as well as to the above-mentioned versions.

Simon Finlow writes, “if still further evidence were needed of his exceptional pianistic insight, Chopin provides it at the end: First-rate production complements one of the great recordings of the century—and I do mean the 20th century with its whelming backlog of palpable genius.

Studies on Chopin’s Études

Uniquely available on 2CDs, this will surely be the benchmark recording for all time. The ironic death of Jean-Baptiste Lully. After numerous experiments I succeeded in finding an entirely new succession of fingers which appeared to me most practical. Der amerikanische Kritiker James Huneker, der einige der ersten Studien in Manuskriptform zu sehen bekam, erteilte anderen den weisen Rat, sich nicht zu fragen, ob Godowsky Chopin Ehrfurcht erwiesen habe.

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.

I have never heard such playing before. It ends with a rapid scale in both hands.

In the words of Henry T. The left hand takes some perilous leaps to delineate its two voices, especially near the end. Can you find the melodic line of the theme? After all, his best-known works today the 53 Studies, Passacaglia, transcriptions are godowsyk elaborations on works by other composers, rather than original melodies that he himself composed.