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. 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. Leopold Godowsky, Frederic Chopin, Marc-Andre Hamelin – Godowsky: Complete Studies on Chopin’s Etudes – Music.
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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.
Classical Net Review – Godowsky – Studies on Chopin’s Études
Godowsky, godkwsky am March Total duration: 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. Essential for those who love Chopin and the art of playing the piano.
The limited number of compositions which have been written for the left hand alone show a desire on the part of their composers to mostly develop the left hand in the direction of mere virtuosity. Obviously a number of the originals feature more than once and one, Op.
With the exception of the music of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, I know of no segment of the repertoire to have achieved such a legendary status, and even a casual perusal of the scores will help understand why. This provides yet another explanation why these Studies have been neglected over the years: Richard Wagner described Chopin as “a composer for the right hand” and Godowsky would probably have agreed with him. The fifty-three studies are to be considered in an equal degree suitable for concert purposes and private study.
In addition to what is stated above, the left hand, commanding as it does the lower half of the keyboard, has the incontestable advantage of 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. Despite their formidable reputation, many of them are serene in character, hardly ever exploiting the forceful, percussive side of piano writing.
Considering his achievements both on the concert stage and in writing for the piano, it is remarkable that he achieved all this with minimal formal training. 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.
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Those of us who enjoy older recordings, originally on 78s, are well aware that ultimate fidelity to the text was not always considered a necessary attribute of great playing.
This was republished with nine others in by Schirmer:. In its application to piano playing the left hand has many advantages over the right hand and it would suffice to enumerate godowsyk 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.
Geoffrey Douglas Madge Dante, became the first pianist to record the entire cycle, followed by Carlo Grante Altarus, — Leopold Godowsky’s preface states his studies ” Hamelin delivers on every level: You need six hands to play it. Check out the right hand parts of Figures 2 a and 2 b and compare it to Godowsky’s creation Figure 2 c. The theme is in the left hand, while the right hand introduces counter melodies. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.
The interweaving of the two etudes actually sounds wonderful!
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.
An even more amazing Study is No. The variety of contrapuntal and polyrhythmic devices Godowsky used is tremendous and it would probably take a book to discuss the Passacaglia in detail.
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.
Some composers wrote left-hand concertos for Paul Wittgenstein, including Prokofiev, Britten, Korngold and Ravel Wittgenstein didn’t play most of them and struggled with those he did.
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Mindestens ein Etudse bzw. The name Leopold Godowsky is rarely mentioned when one talks about favourite composers who wrote piano works. CD Review Leopold Godowsky.
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