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« Reply #50 on: November 01, 2017, 02:06:13 PM »

Bumping this thread after 5 years, I should mention that a recording of the complete set of Méreaux études is due to be made shortly, all by one pianist, Artur Cimirro; you'll find details in the Performance section from yesterday. Watch this space! The sheer amount of trouble required to prepare the entire cycle is beyond mind-boggling but then, for me, so is the prospect that anyone would spend so much time working up so much music whose worth adds up to little more than a couple of études by Chopin, Liszt or Alkan; I fear that, broadly speaking, I share Marc-André Hamelin's view of these works.

That said, this is set to be a prelude to something more exciting and remarkable still, from the same pianist. Watch this space again!


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« Reply #51 on: November 02, 2017, 08:23:35 PM »

Since Cimirro is about to record all Mereaux I have to share something which bothers me generally in piano technique, but especially in etudes by Mereaux, and it is why do we use almost exclusively tips of fingers when better would be use all of our possible mounts?
Injury is likely to result from attempting to play Il Trillo No. 48.

4/5 trills with both hands whilst playing the melody in thirds with both hands.


No, we, can easily do that fragment with trill by 5th finger and mount of mercury, pluto or luna, while playing thirds 42/31/20 (0 for other part of thumb)

Such technique especially fits good in Scriabin (more use of jupiter and neptune mounts), and many pieces with typical "nocturnal" accompaniament, we can start with mount luna, then 5th finger and rest of fingers and thus have pure legato without crossing over thumb.
Btw this is my first post so hello to everybody. English is not my first language.
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