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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Eetude is impossible to think of another living pianist who could have carried off this enterprise with comparable success. 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 gofowsky is a fallacy to deem the left hand less adaptable to training than the right hand. It would be one thing merely to be able to PLAY these paraphrases — and some of us have the technique to pull it off; but Hamelin’s technique is so completely secure that one hears the tonal coloring, the inner voices, the occasional canons and the utter musicality of the compositions which Godowsky obviously wants us to hear.

Media article in good condition, may show traces of usage. 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. Read reviews that mention chopin etudes left hand hand alone marc-andre hamelin liner notes original etudes leopold godowsky makes them sound hamelin performance studies on chopin greatest pianists written for the left ever written piano tevolutionary studies written hamelin technique godowsky studies piano music pieces pianist.


Such was the esteem accorded to the pianist who composed the 53 studies of this album and in which he extended the well-known technical and musical ideas in the Chopin etude canon to pianistic limits unequalled before or since.

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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. 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.

In particular, listen to the performances of gdowsky Etudes arranged for the left hand alone. So what’s the fuss?

Godowsky was probably unequalled in independence of hands, equality of finger and his ability to delineate polyphonic strands. Learn more about Amazon Prime. In only two cases do I offer more than one performance of the same Godowski left hend piece. Allegro Sostenuto E Cantabile.

Ce sera David Saperton, le gendre de Godowsky, qui enregistra dix transcriptions en avec quelques autres compositions de Godowsky. Efude Douglas Madge Dante, became the first pianist to record the entire cycle, followed by Carlo Grante Altarus, — 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.

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Studies on Chopin’s Études

Hamelin steps forth as a Godowsky of our time – a piano virtuoso, composer, and scholar all in one. Doesn’t look too hard after all, does it? March Total duration: It is worth quoting at length: Ten years ago, following a severe accident where I broke my right upper forearm and my shoulder, I undertook paraphrasing eight of the Chopin etudes to be played with the left hand alone.


For you right brainers, Revolutilnary have included, at the end, two of the Godowsky left hand Chopin transcriptions as re-transcribed and performed by a pianist who had suffered a dislocation of his left thumb.

Whether this is godoswky case is for academics to argue over.

Yet, despite their difficulties, it is not flashy or showy music. Showing of 32 reviews. Far from being disrespectful maltreatments of Chopin’s masterpieces, Godowsky’s elaborations aim to extend the limits of modern piano technique.

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.

His compositions are often only explored by pianists who are interested in the exotic repertoire of the piano literature.

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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Taken as a whole, these Studies revolutionized piano writing and expanded the polyphonic and polyrhythmic capabilities of the instrument.

The first four measures of Chopin-Godowsky Study No. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.