Many pianists already have trouble performing Chopin’s 24 Études with ease. Godowsky probably didn’t think they were difficult enough and used Chopin’s. Leopold Godowsky. Studien über die Etüden von Chopin Studies on Chopin’s Études Études d’après Chopin. Zofia Chechlinska writes, “In the studies both parts. 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.

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Figure 3 b A late variation of the Passacaglia. It is worth quoting at length:. I found that concentration on his hands, the letterbox style of presenting it, and the silly and unmotivated criss-crossing from left-end views of his hands to right-end views of his hands both unnecessary and, in a certain sense, disrespectful of him as an artist.

The name Leopold Godowsky is rarely mentioned when one talks about favourite composers who wrote piano works. But for anyone who can break out of the “purist” mentality, this set contains some simply magnificent pianism and reveals Godowsky’s studies to be worthy of performance in their own right as wonderfmusic.

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. 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. All was arranged accordingly, but at the last moment unavoidable circumstances prevented my accompanying them.

The interweaving of the two etudes actually sounds wonderful! First-rate production complements one of the great recordings of the century—and I ftudes mean the 20th century with its whelming backlog of palpable genius.

Studies after Frederic Chopin (Godowsky, Leopold)

Even though many pianists nowadays have godowzky-chopin technical chops to perform Godowsky’s music, it has been neglected in favour of music which is outwardly showy. Of the 18 included, a couple of numbers combine two Chopin Etudes in one study, the most notorious being the Black-Key and the Butterfly in a piece called Badinage.


Semiquavers are periodically accented to provide a lower-register melody. Godowsky has been accused of sacrilege for writing these Studies, i.

Pianists brave enough to tackle this music have often been content merely to get through the notes. He probably wrote an unpublished left-hand adaptation, which was lost when Godowsky fled Vienna at the onset of World War I.

Leopold Godowsky: 53 Studies on Chopin’s Études

What makes this DVD such an enjoyable experience is what Stanhope has to say to camera about the music. In addition to what is stated above, the left hand, commanding as it does the lower half of the keyboard, has the incontestable advantage etuds 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.

Which is a 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. A simple experiment, though, will suffice: 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.

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. Assuming you can find it that is: Below is a brief introduction godoesky-chopin two of Godowsky’s most famous works, by which he is primarily remembered for today.

The result is actually strangely compelling. Dynamics also vary frequently. Occasionally, the thumb is asked to play both a black grace note and the white key that follows it; it is difficult to suppress wrong accents.

Classical Net Review – Godowsky – Studies on Chopin’s Études

And who else could do so with such consummate artistry? Because of the way consecutive arpeggios are staggered, some commentators have called this a study in alternating extension and contraction of the right hand, but godowsky-cohpin truth the best players probably do not much contract their hand.


Some recast Chopin’s right-hand passagework for the left hand while introducing new contrapuntal ideas; some treat the originals more 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. Another study in arpeggios – mostly on the right hand, with occasional intrusions on the left, especially at the end.

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. Whether you want to see what we think godowsiy-chopin today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database.

After numerous experiments I succeeded in finding an entirely new succession of fingers which appeared to me most practical. Richard Wagner described Chopin as “a composer for the right hand” and Godowsky would probably have agreed with him.

Studies on Chopin’s Études

The theme is in the left hand, while the right hand introduces counter melodies. Hamelin delivers on every level: It ends with a rapid scale in both hands. The site is also available in several languages. Don’t show me this message again. Niecks writes, “The composer seems fuming with rage; the left hand rushes impetuously along and the right hand strikes in with passionate ejaculations.

As Abram Chasins, a composer and pianist, recounted in his book Etdues of Pianistshe once watched Godowsky play a very difficult work.