Leopold Godowsky, Frederic Chopin, Marc-Andre Hamelin – Godowsky: Complete Studies on Chopin’s Etudes – Music. Few, however, went anything like as far as Leopold Godowsky () whose 53 Studies on the √Čtudes of Chopin have received a fair amount of bad press. This selection is taken from the 53 studies on Chopin’s Etudes that Godowsky composed between and , during his Berlin and Vienna years. They are.

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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.

Throughout all the harmonies one always heard in great tones a wondrous melody, while once only, in the middle of the piece, besides that chief song, a tenor voice became prominent in the midst of chords. Ce sera David Saperton, le gendre de Godowsky, qui enregistra dix transcriptions en avec quelques autres compositions de Godowsky. At least one pianist Francesco Libetta has played the complete 53 Studies in concert two recitals in Milan, and Few areas of the godoesky have such a egudes reputation for technical difficulty and audacious compositional invention.

Hamelin delivers on every level: 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. The frequent need to place the thumb on a black key complicates the arpeggios.

Here is no veiled surmise, no smothered rage, but all sweeps along in tornadic passion. Whether the genre-bending nature of this production really works is, I suspect, a matter of who you are as an audience. The arpeggiated right-hand chords, caught in the pedal, create alternating dissonances increasing to fortissimo and consonances diminishing to forte and build tension climactically.


Godowsky Studies on Chopin Etudes

Nor godowzky Grante seem to have quite the same facility with the music; true, there is no sense that he is struggling, but he still doesn’t sound sufficiently at ease to add much interpretively. 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.

Asks the right hand to play a legato melody and stacatto accompaniment the latter augmented chopun the left hand simultaneously a procedure which Robert Collet claims originated with Weber.

There are three for left-hand alone, and of these No. Certainly on the basis of his dismal Busoni set recorded for Philips some 15 years ago, I would avoid him.

Leopold Godowsky

I have never heard such playing before. It is therefore not difficult to understand why these pieces have earned the reputation of requiring Olympian feats of execution, and this helps to explain their general neglect as well as the critical abuse they have received from the time the first few were published.

This selection is taken from the 53 studies on Chopin’s Etudes that Godowsky composed between andduring his Berlin and Vienna years.

Yet who else among pianists could rise to the challenge? Occasionally, the thumb is asked to play both a black grace note and the white key that follows it; it is difficult to cbopin wrong accents.

Studies on Chopin’s √Čtudes – Wikipedia

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. There was a long wait before any significant artist recorded another. Godowsky published 53 studies, although there are 54 recorded here there are two versions of the third study based on Op. This was accomplished in two different ways: This was republished with nine others in by Schirmer:. The character of the goowsky is comic, light, and very fast.


I then transposed the Study to the left hand to see whether the same fingering could be applied to it: The prospective pianist is confronted with unexpected levels of difficulty, mostly concerned with mental challenges seldom if ever encountered anywhere else in the repertoire, requiring unflinching concentration and true dedication in order that all details are clearly presented and articulated.

Simon Finlow writes, “if still further evidence were needed of his exceptional pianistic insight, Chopin provides it at the end: Frederic Chopin, one of two extant photos.

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Further complicates the right hand part with a few tricky grace notes. The etueds exercises Godowsky supplies include scales and runs for the weak three fingers. Those Godowsky studies listed but not published are: It takes careful tonal balance and phrasing to give the melody its due while maintaining smooth rapid arpeggiation of the chords that compose it.

The left-hand alone etudes are some of the most interesting things on this DVD, both musically and at the level of performance.