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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. 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, Frederic Chopin, Marc-Andre Hamelin – Godowsky: Complete Studies on Chopin’s Etudes – Music.

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Ce sera David Saperton, le gendre de Godowsky, qui enregistra dix transcriptions en avec quelques autres compositions de Godowsky. Godowsky also arranged many works by J. efudes

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. 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 goxowsky, occasionally, revised fingerings and ossia readings.

Uniquely available on 2CDs, this will surely be the benchmark recording for all time. Below is a brief introduction to two of Godowsky’s most famous works, by which he is primarily remembered for today.


Essential for those who love Chopin and the art of playing the piano. This was accomplished in two different ways: 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.

And who else could do so with such consummate artistry? The work opens innocently enough, with the theme presented in both hands first 8 barsand it is followed immediately by the 1st variation Figure 3 a. The above statement is certainly not true but it still remains a formidable work which requires a pianist of an unusually fine technique to execute.

I suppose that some readers may be interested to know how I started to compose these Studies. The Healing Powers Of Sound. Godowsky published 53 studies, although there are 54 recorded here there are two versions of the third study based on Op. Which is a pity and a loss to lovers of piano music and the general public because Godowsky’s works are truly fascinating and his compositional skill, astounding. 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.


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. There was a long wait before any significant artist recorded another. 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.

The fifty-three studies are to be considered in an equal degree suitable for concert purposes and private study. This is a fascinating set with the magnificent sound of the Steinway Piano beautifully recorded by Tony Faulkner. It is worth quoting at length: CD Review Leopold Godowsky.

Figure 3 b A late variation of the Passacaglia.

The final result was the 53 Studieswhich Harold Schonberg a well-known critic for The New York Times described as the ‘most impossibly difficult things ever written for the piano…fantastic exercises that push piano technique to heights undreamed of even by Liszt. In its application to piano playing the left hand has many advantages over the right hand and it would suffice to enumerate godowzky 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.

His compositions are often only explored by pianists who are interested in the exotic repertoire of the piano literature. Hamelin delivers on every level: Imagine slogging to learn and perfect this Study, only to appear doing nothing very much to an audience while performing it!

Carlo Grante’s set on Altarus what I’ve heard of it is very good, and perhaps slightly better recorded than Hamelin’s, but comes on three rather than two discs, and is also harder to find. Perhaps the task of etudse and mastering such a work is too unrewarding, which godowskj be why the Passacaglia is not heard frequently in the concert hall today.

Das wurde auf zweierlei Art erreicht: Many of the variations feature such dense contrapuntal writing. 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.

I have never heard such playing before. Obviously a number of the originals feature more than once and one, Op. So Horowitz said of the Passacaglia.


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Many of the studies are fairly straight transcriptions, particularly the left hand ones, but most of them either add ethdes subjects in counterpoint, transpose the function of the hands in the original – as in the first of all, a majestic reworking of Op.

Their aim is to develop the mechanical, technical and musical possibilities of pianoforte playing, to expand the peculiarly adapted nature of the instrument to polyphonic, polyrhythmic and polydynamic work, and to widen the range of its possibilities in tone colouring He provided me over the years with many interesting ideas and comments—all stemming from a deep familiarity with the music.

Considering his achievements both on the concert stage and in writing for the piano, it is remarkable that he achieved all this with minimal formal training. Hamelin’s may not be the only way to play these studies but, until a pianist with a similarly transcendental technique and equal musicianship goeowsky them godowsiy and that, I’d suggest, could be some considerable time godwosky this is without doubt the set to rtudes. 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.

Even though many pianists nowadays have the technical chops to perform Godowsky’s music, it has been neglected in favour of music which is outwardly showy.

Studies on Chopin’s Études – Wikipedia

Whatever it is, it is hard to dispute the compositional skill and ingenuity which Godowsky poured into these Studies. Given that much of the music Godowsky wrote is “derived” from other composers, should we speak of him as a composer or as a great writer of piano music?

These are fantastic exercises that push piano technique to heights undreamed of even by Liszt. Few areas of the repertoire have such a notorious reputation for technical difficulty and audacious compositional invention.

Taken as etudrs whole, these Studies revolutionized piano writing and expanded the polyphonic and polyrhythmic capabilities of the instrument.