Godowsky’s Studies on Chopin’s Etudes have achieved a legendary status among piano enthusiasts. Few areas of the repertoire have such a notorious. 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. Godowsky’s 53 studies on Chopin’s 27 studies are the ne plus ultra of romantic intricacy. Godowsky’s wily disclaimer that, far from wanting to ‘improve’ on.
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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 gpdowsky differentiated.
Studies after Frederic Chopin (Godowsky, Leopold)
Some recast Chopin’s right-hand passagework for the left hand while introducing new contrapuntal ideas; some treat the originals yodowsky freely, inverting, imitating or combining two Etudes; others are character pieces or variations based on Chopin’s originals; and twenty-two of the Studies are for the left hand alone.
Carlo Grante’s set on Altarus what I’ve heard of it is very good, and perhaps slightly better recorded than Hamelin’s, but comes on three rather than two discs, and is also harder to find.
Godowsky has been accused of sacrilege for writing these Studies, i. Obviously a number of the originals feature more than once and one, Op. 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 it is a fallacy to deem the left hand less adaptable to training than the right hand.
Eventually I came to the conclusion that the left hand is easier to develop when given an opportunity. Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find godowsku all in our full-searchable Reviews Database.
Hier eine Nocturne, eine Polonaise, da eine Mazurka? In an age where great pianists, including Josef Hoffman, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Arthur Godowwsky reigned supreme, all conceded that Godowsky had the most perfect pianistic mechanism of his time, and very likely of all time.
And who else could do so with such consummate artistry?
Far from being disrespectful maltreatments of Chopin’s masterpieces, Godowsky’s elaborations aim to extend the limits of modern piano technique. After all, his best-known works today the 53 Studies, Passacaglia, transcriptions are fantastic elaborations on works by other composers, rather than original melodies that he himself composed.
I then godowsmy the Study to the left hand to see whether the same fingering could be applied to it: It is worth quoting at length: And so, to evoke Schumann, it’s ‘hats off, gentlemen’ to this handsomely presented and finely recorded set: As such, there has been a shortage of recordings and performances of Godowsky’s music. Or perhaps he recorded them too soon. Interview with Kevin Godowzky Vhopin Godowsky studies listed but not published are: Hamelin delivers on every level: 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 it is a fallacy to deem the godowskky hand less adaptable to training than the right hand.
The limited number of compositions which have been written for the left hand alone show a desire on the part chopih their composers to mostly develop the left hand in the direction of mere virtuosity. And if Hamelin is playful and seductive in the wickedly piquant Mazurka of No 34, he unleashes a positively elemental force in No 42, for him ‘a cataclysmic amplification’ of the so-called ‘Winter Wind’ that makes even the strongest muscles cry out for mercy.
Studies on Chopin’s Études – Wikipedia
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Bach violin sonatas, cello suitesSchubert Lieder and other composers for solo piano. Many of the studies are fairly straight transcriptions, particularly the left hand ones, but most of them either add extra subjects in counterpoint, transpose the function of the hands in the original – as in the first of all, a majestic reworking of Op.
You need six hands to play it. For others, Godowsky’s ingenuity, his ear-tickling wit and elegance, create edifices, indeed ‘miracles of rare device’. A performance of the Passacaglia is shown in the embedded YouTube Video below: Certainly on the basis of his dismal Busoni set recorded for Philips some 15 years ago, I would avoid him.
Having made Chicago his home fromfor the next decade he combined a struggling concert career with that of a successful teacher. The resulting music is some of the most fearsomely difficult ever to be composed for the keyboard – indeed, Godowsky also went so far as to compose a number of “warm up” studies, for the pianist to godowxky beforehand.
GODOWSKY Studies on Chopin
CD Review Leopold Godowsky. None, certainly, who had received such little formal training. Which is a pity and a loss to lovers of piano music and the general public because Godowsky’s works are truly fascinating godowksy his compositional skill, astounding.