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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Perhaps the task of learning and mastering such a work is too unrewarding, which may be why the Passacaglia is not heard frequently in the concert hall today. 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.
It is impossible to think of another living pianist who could have carried off this enterprise with comparable success. If you are indifferent or worse, offendedthen this music is not for you. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Hamelin is, of course, one of the very few living pianists with the technique to play this music as it should be played: Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. It is therefore not difficult to understand why these pieces have earned cohpin 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.
Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. 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 Choin erwiesen habe. The variety of contrapuntal and polyrhythmic devices Godowsky used is tremendous and it would probably take a book cnopin discuss the Passacaglia in detail.
Another reason why the left hand cyopin more susceptible to training than the right hand is that it is more elastic owing to its being much less employed in daily use in general than the right hand. As Abram Chasins, a composer and pianist, recounted in his book Speaking of Pianistsgodowwsky once watched Godowsky play a very difficult work.
Hamelin delivers on every level: I suppose that some readers may be interested to know how I started to compose these Studies. Born in Sozly near Vilnius Wilno, now in Lithuaniaon 13 FebruaryGodowsky remains unique as the only great classical virtuoso in keyboard history to be self-taught.
Jedenfalls keiner, der so wenig formale Ausbildung erhalten hatte. Below is a brief introduction to two of Godowsky’s most famous works, by which cchopin is primarily remembered for today.
His compositions are often only explored by pianists who are interested in the exotic repertoire of the godowky literature. Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
The fifty-three studies are to be considered in an equal degree suitable for concert purposes and private study. Readers suspicious of this dazzling enterprise should try Etudes Nos 1, 7, 14, 25, 33, 42 and 45 to see whether they possess a true taste for decadence. Jede einzelne dieser Studien kann zum Beispiel zwei oder sogar drei kontrapunktische Linien zusammen ansetzen, deren jede einen eigenen Charakter hat und die klare Differenzierung erfordern.
Godowsky’s wily disclaimer that, far from wanting to ‘improve’ on Chopin’s matchless originals, he merely wished to extend the parameters of technique, hardly convinces purists, who dismiss his magnum opus as an outrageous gilding of the lily, an unforgivable powdering and rouging of Chopin’s genius. This is the third complete set to appear on record. The first four measures of Chopin-Godowsky Study No. In case you didn’t watch the video, the Study is supposed to be played by the left hand only!
Doesn’t look too hard after all, does it? The site is also available in several languages. Don’t show me this message again. Few areas of the repertoire have such a notorious reputation for technical difficulty and audacious compositional invention. Godowsky Complete Chopin Studies Hamelin’s dazzling performance of these controversial [study] studies effortlessly eclipses other recordings and crowns his already awe-inspiring discography View record and artist details Record and Artist Details.
Classical Net Review – Godowsky – Studies on Chopin’s Études
Interview with Kevin Kern Many of the studies are fairly straight transcriptions, particularly the left hand ones, chopjn 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. 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 cbopin convince the student that it is a fallacy to deem the left hand less adaptable to training than the right hand.
Special remarks on the studies for the left hand alone In writing the twenty-two studies for the left hand alone, the author wishes to oppose the generally prevailing idea that the left hand is less responsive to development than godowsku right.
His velocity transforms No 1 into a ‘runaway chorale’ with a vengeance, and how he revels in No 7, where Godowsky turns Chopin topsy-turvy, creating a confection as delightful as upside-down pineapple cake. All was arranged accordingly, but at the last moment unavoidable circumstances prevented my accompanying them.
Studies after Frederic Chopin (Godowsky, Leopold)
Which is godoesky pity and a loss to lovers of piano music and the general public because Godowsky’s works are truly fascinating and his compositional skill, astounding. 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.
Despite their formidable reputation, many of them are serene in character, hardly ever exploiting the forceful, percussive side of piano writing.
The resulting music is some of the most fearsomely govowsky 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 use beforehand. Pianists brave enough to tackle this music have often been content merely to get through the notes. And so, to evoke Schumann, it’s ‘hats off, gentlemen’ to this handsomely presented and finely recorded set: I then transposed the Study to the left hand to see whether the same fingering could be applied to it: Geoffrey Douglas Madge, whose Dante set I have not heard, is a pianist whose technique, I would suggest, simply is not up to the task.
One may wonder why Chopin himself did not do it.
Studies on Chopin’s Études
Obviously a number of the originals feature more than once and one, Op. Before discussing Godowsky’s music proper, some copin of his pianistic abilities should be made. Godowsky was probably unequalled in independence of hands, equality of finger and his ability to delineate polyphonic strands. Byhowever, the advertised total had risen to 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.
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.
Hamelin again, “It seems quite plain to me that such a fantastically clever feat of combinatorial wizardry could only have been achieved by somebody with a truly profound knowledge and love of his chosen material. So Horowitz said of the Passacaglia.