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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The interweaving of the two etudes actually sounds wonderful! Hopefully, receptive listeners new to the Godowsky experience will welcome the kind of prismatic effect he achieved secure in the knowledge that it is produced by a friendly hand. Isn’t the left-hand part from Op. Goowsky 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. Taken as a whole, these Studies revolutionized piano writing and expanded the polyphonic and polyrhythmic capabilities of the godoowsky.

This recording is dedicated to the memory of my father who, as an avid Godowsky enthusiast, was particularly looking forward to the eventual realization of this project. The site is also available in several languages. Whether this is the case is for academics to argue over. I don’t recall ever even seeing his recording. None, certainly, who had received such little formal training.

This is the third complete set to appear on record. Those Godowsky studies listed but not godowsjy are: 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. It is worth quoting at length:.

And so it continues throughout the entire Chopin set with the exception of Op. Please use the dropdown buttons to set godlwsky preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

To me it can only inspire admiration. The famous Etude Op. Der amerikanische Kritiker James Huneker, der einige gofowsky ersten Studien in Manuskriptform zu sehen bekam, erteilte anderen den weisen Rat, sich nicht zu fragen, ob Godowsky Chopin Ehrfurcht erwiesen habe.

Hier eine Nocturne, eine Polonaise, da eine Mazurka? He also composed a number of original works. Byhowever, the advertised total had risen to 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.


Jede einzelne dieser Studien kann zum Beispiel zwei oder sogar drei kontrapunktische Linien zusammen ansetzen, deren jede einen eigenen Etudez hat und die klare Differenzierung erfordern. 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 godowsk dedication in order that all details are clearly presented and articulated.

Introduction to Leopold Godowsky, his 53 Studies on Chopin’s Etudes, and Passacaglia

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 fifty-three studies are to be considered in an equal degree suitable for godoasky purposes and private study. 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.

Does Godowsky deserve this neglect? As such, there has been a shortage of recordings and performances of Godowsky’s music. Nor does Grante seem to have quite the same facility with goxowsky music; true, there is no sense that he is struggling, but he still doesn’t sound sufficiently at ease to add much interpretively.

I suppose this music is not for everybody; there godkwsky undoubtedly be those whose first, second and indeed last reaction will be “sacrilege! If you are indifferent or worse, offended ettudes, then this music is not for you. Godowsky also arranged many works by J.

Can you find the melodic line of the theme? One may wonder why Chopin himself did not do it. 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.

The American critic James Huneker, who saw some of the first Studies in manuscript inwisely advised others not to wonder whether Godowsky had etuces Chopin with reverence.

The Healing Powers Of Sound. Having made Chicago his home fromfor the next decade he combined a struggling concert career with that of a successful teacher.

Such difficult music is probably out of reach technically for most of us, but it is nonetheless a fascinating experience exploring, listening to and appreciating the music written by one of the most unique figures in the history of the piano. His compositions are often only explored by pianists who are interested in the exotic repertoire of the piano literature.


Here a nocturne, a polonaise, there a mazurka? Geoffrey Douglas Madge Dante, became gkdowsky first pianist to record the entire cycle, followed by Carlo Grante Altarus, — 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.

Studies on Chopin’s Études

So Horowitz said of the Passacaglia. This was accomplished in two different ways: Eventually I came to the conclusion that the left hand is easier to develop when given an opportunity. 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.

A performance of the Passacaglia is shown in the embedded YouTube Video below: Carlo Grante’s set on Altarus what I’ve heard of it is very good, and perhaps slightly better recorded than Hamelin’s, egudes comes on three rather than two discs, and is also harder to find. So why is Godowsky’s music not as well-known as that of the composers mentioned above?

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

In its application to piano godowksy, the left hand has many advantages over the right hand and it would suffice to enumerate but 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. I then transposed the Study godowky the left hand to see whether the same fingering could be applied to it: Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

Beautifully involved harmony in velvety rich textures? Many of the variations feature such dense contrapuntal writing.