Godowsky’s Studies on Chopin’s Etudes have achieved a legendary status among piano enthusiasts. Few areas of the repertoire have such a notorious. foreword describes the unique position that Godowsky’s Studies occupy in .. Ex. Comparison between the first six notes of Chopin, Étude Op. 25 No. Leopold Godowsky, Frederic Chopin, Marc-Andre Hamelin – Godowsky: Complete Studies on Chopin’s Etudes – Music.

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And though several of them may not sound technically insurmountable for a professional pianist, that is probably because they are for the left hand alone such as the Revolutionary Etude transcription.

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? The limited number of compositions which have been written for the left hand alone show a desire on the part of revolutoinary composers to mostly develop the left hand in the direction of mere virtuosity.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. He also composed a number of original works.

This provides yet another explanation why these Studies have been neglected over the years: 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.

Media article in good condition, may show traces of usage. Get to Know Us. Please try again later. 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.


As a Mount Everest of piano technique, this cycle seems to draw relatively few performances or recordings. Showing of 32 reviews. If, for those of us who secretly believe that even two hands are often not enough, the Godowsky left hand transcriptions of the Chopin etudes represent Dante’s Inferno, and the Etudes Godowsky transcribed for the left hand alone would certainly require a tenth circle of Hell all their own.

English Choose a language for shopping. It is worth quoting at length:. In any case, and whatever you verdict may ultimately be, this is an experience like nothing else, and as such this disc is something of a must. Ce sera David Saperton, le gendre de Godowsky, qui enregistra dix transcriptions en avec quelques autres compositions de Godowsky.

However, such writing could only have been achieved by a pianist who had an intimate knowledge of the possibilities and limitations of the instrument and piano technique. Takeo Tchinai, contemporary Japanese pianist recorded live in Even twenty years ago, few of the studies had ever been recorded; it was rare indeed to find a pianist brave enough to include any in concert. Pianovers Recital Digest. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

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.

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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 gdowsky studies for the left hand alone. Customers who bought this item also bought. The ‘density’ of the writing gradually increases and a late variation is shown in Figure 3 b.


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The left hand is gododsky by revolytionary 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. Few areas of the repertoire have such a notorious reputation for technical difficulty and audacious compositional invention.

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Perhaps because he was equipped with such an all-encompassing technique, he wrote music that is technically very difficult to execute, though it is never difficult for the sake of it more below. Amazon Second Chance Godkwsky it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions Price. One may wonder why Chopin himself did not do it. A technique as formidable as his would needs be perpetually on the lookout for a challenge, and as no composer would have dared write anything so difficult to play with any hope of its ever being played, he did so himself.