Feb 09 2019

Godowsky’s Studies on Chopin’s Etudes have achieved a legendary status among piano enthusiasts. Few areas of the repertoire have such a notorious. foreword describes the unique position that Godowsky’s Studies occupy in .. Ex. Comparison between the first six notes of Chopin, √Čtude Op. 25 No. Leopold Godowsky, Frederic Chopin, Marc-Andre Hamelin – Godowsky: Complete Studies on Chopin’s Etudes – Music.

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Godowsky Left Hand

One person found this helpful. On the other hand, if you approach these paraphrases with an open mind just to see what can be done with the material Godowsky used — and you want to hear it exquisitely performed — you’re in for a REAL treat!

And though several of them may not sound technically insurmountable for a professional pianist, that is probably because they are for the left hand alone such as the Revolutionary Etude transcription. Far from being disrespectful maltreatments of Chopin’s masterpieces, Godowsky’s elaborations aim to extend the limits of modern piano technique.

The difference is astounding, and compared to Saperton’s playing, the others sound like they are making mud pies in the back yard Meral Guneyman not so much. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

This was republished with nine others in by Schirmer: Murder Follows the Muse. In an age where great pianists, including Josef Hoffman, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Arthur Rubinstein reigned supreme, all conceded that Godowsky had the most perfect pianistic mechanism of his time, and very likely of all time.

As such, there has been a shortage of recordings and performances of Godowsky’s music. Such was the esteem accorded to the pianist who composed the 53 studies of this album and in which he extended the well-known technical and musical ideas in the Chopin etude canon to pianistic limits unequalled before or since.


My brother-in-law and his wife revolutjonary among the close to one godlwsky human beings who lost their lives.

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. And secondly, the Studies for the left hand alone, which number twenty-two and which can truly be said to have revolutionalized piano-writing for a single hand.

The mastery of the etudes in their original form is daunting to the most accomplshed pianist. Godowsky has been accused of sacrilege for writing these Studies, i. Write a customer review.

And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series: Godowsky also arranged many works by J. Lento – Allegro Con Brio.

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A performance of the Passacaglia is shown in the embedded YouTube Video below: In the more complicated variations, among the mass of notes, Schubert’s simple theme can almost always be found and should clearly be heard amidst the whirlwind of sound as a result of the decorative writing. It was only inafter some studies were dropped, different ones substituted and additions made, that the final total of 53 was reached. Pianovers Recital Digest.

Complete Studies on Chopin’s Etudes. Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest. His compositions are often only explored by pianists who are interested in the exotic repertoire of the piano literature.

Even though many pianists nowadays have the technical chops to perform Godowsky’s music, it has been neglected in favour of music which is outwardly showy. An even more amazing Study is No. Godowsky was probably unequalled in independence of hands, equality of finger and his ability to delineate polyphonic strands.

Jedenfalls keiner, der so wenig formale Ausbildung erhalten hatte.

Studies on Chopin’s √Čtudes – Wikipedia

None, certainly, who had received such little formal training. While the Godowsky left hand studies after Chopin etudes are perhaps best known of his efforts in this direction, there are also a number of Godowsky left hand original compositions and transcriptions of music by other composers, several of which are offered here.


Godowsky used the opening 8 measures of Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony as the theme, composed 44 variations based on it, of course, heaping difficulty upon difficulty on succeeding variations and concluded the work with a cadenza and a fugue.

He might have been the most unique writer of piano music after Chopin, and that’s not forgetting Liszt, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.

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.

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.

The left hand revolutoonary favoured by nature in having the stronger part 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. It is worth quoting at length: 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.

For you right brainers, I have included, at the end, two of the Godowsky left hand Chopin transcriptions as re-transcribed and performed by a pianist who had suffered a dislocation of his left thumb. I have never heard such playing before.