Godowsky’s Studies on Chopin’s Etudes have achieved a legendary status among piano enthusiasts. Few areas of the repertoire have such a notorious. Small wonder, then, that Godowsky’s crowning achievement was his 53 studies based on 26 Chopin Etudes, 22 of them for the left hand alone. As Godowsky. 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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Check out the right hand parts of Figures 2 a and 2 godowsjy and compare it to Godowsky’s creation Figure 2 c. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

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Hier eine Nocturne, eine Polonaise, da eine Mazurka? Don’t show me this message again. 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.

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 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.

GODOWSKY Studies on Chopin

Far from being disrespectful maltreatments of Chopin’s masterpieces, Godowsky’s elaborations aim to extend the limits of modern piano vhopin. Uniquely available chppin 2CDs, this will surely be the benchmark recording for all time. The left hand is favoured by nature in having the stronger cjopin of the hand for the upper voice of all double notes and chords and also by generally having the strongest fingers for the strongest parts of a melody.

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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 use beforehand. However, such writing could only have been achieved by a pianist who had an intimate knowledge of the possibilities and limitations of the instrument and piano technique.

First-rate production complements one of the great recordings of the century—and I do mean the 20th century with its whelming backlog of palpable genius.

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. Godowsky was godoqsky unequalled in independence of hands, equality of finger and his ability to delineate polyphonic strands. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

Yet who else among pianists could rise to the challenge? 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. Whatever it is, it is hard to dispute the compositional skill and ingenuity which Godowsky poured into these Studies.

It is impossible to think of another living pianist who could have carried off this enterprise with comparable success.

This provides yet another explanation why these Studies have been neglected over the years: Not only does Hamelin have the “chops” he has been including various of the studies in his recitals both programmed and as encores for years now and it shows. He also composed a number of original works. 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.

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The comments which I feel are particularly insightful are marked out in bold. Richard Wagner described Chopin as “a composer for the right hand” and Godowsky would probably have agreed with him.

Godowsky published 53 studies, although there are 54 recorded here there are two versions of the third study based on Op. Isn’t the left-hand part from Op. These and a further twenty-two studies were published in by Schlesinger and Schirmer, re-engraved with little change to the music but with commentary and, occasionally, gorowsky fingerings and ossia readings. 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.

My brother-in-law and his wife were among the close to one hundred human beings who lost their lives. Taken as a whole, these Studies revolutionized piano writing and expanded the polyphonic and polyrhythmic capabilities of the instrument. Mindestens ein Pianist bzw. This was accomplished in two different ways: Many of the studies are fairly straight transcriptions, particularly the left hand ones, but most of them fodowsky 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.