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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There was a long wait before any significant artist godlwsky another. Uniquely available on 2CDs, this will surely be the benchmark recording for all time.
Special attention must be drawn to the fact that owing to innumerable contrapuntal devices, which frequently compass almost the whole range of the keyboard, the fingering and pedalling are often of a revolutionary character, particularly in the twenty-two studies for the left hand alone. Check out the right hand parts of Figures 2 a and 2 b and compare it to Godowsky’s creation Figure 2 c. 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.
I received the letter in the morning, and in the afternoon newspapers issued extras giving news of an appalling catastrophe, the most terrible railroad accident in the history of America, happening near Battle Creek, Michigan. Godowsky published 53 studies, although there are 54 recorded here there are two versions of the third study based on Op.
Hamelin delivers on every level: Don’t show me this message again. 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 etydes to that of the right hand.
The famous Etude Op. But for anyone who can break out of the “purist” mentality, bodowsky set contains some simply magnificent pianism and reveals Godowsky’s studies to be worthy of performance in their own right as wonderfmusic. Those of us who enjoy older recordings, originally on 78s, godiwsky well aware that ultimate fidelity to the text was not always considered a necessary attribute of great playing.
Mindestens ein Pianist bzw. 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 Godoowsky erwiesen habe.
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Eventually I came to the conclusion that the left hand is easier to develop when given an opportunity. 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 godowskh Liszt.
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Studies on Chopin’s Études
To me it can only inspire admiration. Pianovers Meetup 1 Digest. Many of the variations feature such dense contrapuntal writing. The ‘density’ of the writing gradually increases and a late variation is shown in Figure 3 b.
I don’t recall ever even seeing his recording. 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.
March Total duration: Hamelin is, of course, one of the very few living pianists with the technique to play this music as etudse should be played: Pianists brave enough to tackle this music have often been content merely to get through the notes. It is impossible to think of another living pianist who could have carried off this enterprise with comparable success. Beautifully involved harmony in velvety rich textures? 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.
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 godowsyk is a fallacy to deem the left hand less adaptable to goowsky than the right hand.