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, √Čtude Op. 25 No. Leopold Godowsky, Frederic Chopin, Marc-Andre Hamelin – Godowsky: Complete Studies on Chopin’s Etudes – Music.

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The more I transcribed, the more I found that the left hand was as adaptable to the mechanical and technical difficulties as the right hand. 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.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Few areas of the repertoire have such a notorious reputation for technical difficulty and audacious compositional invention. Figure 3 b A late variation of the Passacaglia.

Turn on 1-Click ordering for this browser. Rrvolutionary an age where great pianists, including Josef Hoffman, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Arthur Rubinstein reigned supreme, all conceded that Godowsky had the most perfect pianistic mechanism of his time, and very likely of all time. I have not yet been able to discover with any degree of authenticity the why behind his studies on Chopin’s etudes. Uniquely available on 2CDs, this will surely be the benchmark recording for all time.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. 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. Ce sera David Saperton, le gendre de Godowsky, qui enregistra dix transcriptions en avec quelques autres compositions de Gidowsky. It is impossible to think of another living pianist who could have carried off this enterprise etde comparable success.


Hopefully, receptive listeners new to the Godowsky experience will welcome the kind of prismatic effect he revolutioary secure in the knowledge that it is produced by a friendly hand. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Studies on Chopin’s √Čtudes

Hamelin delivers on every level: In the more complicated variations, among the mass of notes, Schubert’s simple theme can almost always be found and should clearly be heard amidst the whirlwind of sound as a result of the decorative writing. Out of the 53 Studies, 22 are for the left hand alone and Godowsky’s comments on these Studies are worth quoting in full.

A performance of the Passacaglia is shown in the embedded YouTube Video below: Any one of these Studies may, for example, pit together two or even three strands of counterpoint, each with its own personality and demanding to be clearly differentiated. My brother-in-law and his wife were among the close to one hundred human beings who lost their lives. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series: You need six hands to play it.

After numerous experiments I succeeded in finding an entirely new succession of fingers which appeared to me most practical. The American critic James Huneker, who saw some of the first Studies in manuscript inwisely advised others not to wonder whether Godowsky had treated Chopin with reverence. 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.


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. So what’s the fuss?

Introduction to Leopold Godowsky, his 53 Studies on Chopin’s Etudes, and Passacaglia |

The inventiveness displayed in these particular Studies in the areas of polyphony, counterpoint, physical configurations and fingering, is nothing short of staggering, and was a source of great inspiration to Ravel when he came to write his Concerto for the left hand.

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It is worth quoting at length:. Godowsky was probably unequalled in independence of hands, equality of finger and his ability to delineate polyphonic strands. Beautifully involved harmony in velvety revo,utionary textures?

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a revolutiohary version or update your Flash plugin. Yes, I dare say this in speaking about Hamelin whose technical prowess is legend.

There is nothing like it in the world. Godowsky also arranged many works by J. I can only surmise that he made the transcriptions because he was capable of playing them.