Tutaxe Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Uniquely available on 2CDs, this will surely be the benchmark recording for revolutionagy time. The theme is in the left hand, while the right hand introduces counter melodies. 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. I received the letter in the morning, and in the afternoon newspapers issued extras giving news of an appalling catastrophe, the revvolutionary terrible railroad accident in the history of America, happening near Battle Creek, Michigan.
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Tweet Widget The name Leopold Godowsky is rarely mentioned when one talks about favourite composers who wrote piano works. His compositions are often only explored by pianists who are interested in the exotic repertoire of the piano literature.
Does Godowsky deserve this neglect? Perhaps not. 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. Godowsky was probably unequalled in independence of hands, equality of finger and his ability to delineate polyphonic strands. As Abram Chasins, a composer and pianist, recounted in his book Speaking of Pianists , he once watched Godowsky play a very difficult work.
Yet, despite their difficulties, it is not flashy or showy music. They also illustrate his ingenuity in writing music for the piano.
Chopin-Godowsky Study No. The first four measures of Chopin-Godowsky Study No. The comments which I feel are particularly insightful are marked out in bold. In its application to piano playing, 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.
The left hand is 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. 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.
An even more amazing Study is No. 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. To me it can only inspire admiration. One may wonder why Chopin himself did not do it. Imagine slogging to learn and perfect this Study, only to appear doing nothing very much to an audience while performing it!
Godowsky has been accused of sacrilege for writing these Studies, i. Whether this is the case is for academics to argue over. Whatever it is, it is hard to dispute the compositional skill and ingenuity which Godowsky poured into these Studies. You need six hands to play it. The above statement is certainly not true but it still remains a formidable work which requires a pianist of an unusually fine technique to execute. Figure 3 a. The theme is in the left hand, while the right hand introduces counter melodies.
Figure 3 b A late variation of the Passacaglia. Can you find the melodic line of the theme? Many of the variations feature such dense contrapuntal writing. The variety of contrapuntal and polyrhythmic devices Godowsky used is tremendous and it would probably take a book to discuss the Passacaglia in detail. 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.
A performance of the Passacaglia is shown in the embedded YouTube Video below: Godowsky also arranged many works by J. Bach violin sonatas, cello suites , Schubert Lieder and other composers for solo piano. He also composed a number of original works. Given that much of the music Godowsky wrote is "derived" from other composers, should we speak of him as a composer or as a great writer of piano music? After all, his best-known works today the 53 Studies, Passacaglia, transcriptions are fantastic elaborations on works by other composers, rather than original melodies that he himself composed.
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. 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. You Might Also Like.
Studies on Chopin's Études
Opus 10, Number 1 in C major, Allegro. The arpeggiated right-hand chords, caught in the pedal, create alternating dissonances increasing to fortissimo and consonances diminishing to forte and build tension climactically. 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 in truth the best players probably do not much contract their hand. James Huneker writes, "Here is the new technique in all its nakedness, new in the sense of figure, design, pattern, web, new in a harmonic way.
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Studies after Frederic Chopin (Godowsky, Leopold)