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Offline kawai_cs

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your favorite etude
« on: January 01, 2016, 02:16:58 PM »
What is your favorite etude? But please exclude Chopin etudes. Well, ok, you can add one favorite Chopin etude as well but tell me your favorite etude by another composer too ;D
While looking for sight-read practice material I came across a sheet of paper I wrote many years ago. I wrote down some etudes I loved at that time and liked to play one day. I still like them but haven't played them:

Liszt, Transcendental no 2
Alkan, op 76 no 3
Prokofiev, op 2 no 4
Chopin, 10-8 | Chopin, 25-12 | Haydn, HOB XVI:20

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #1 on: January 01, 2016, 05:26:28 PM »




ONLY 1 CHOPIN ETUDE? Look, just because they are more popular doesn't make them any worse. Oh well, I will try...maybe this one is up there in my top 5 Chopin etudes



25/5, 25/3, 10/4, and 25/11, I'm sorry for this insult to you!! ;)
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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #2 on: January 02, 2016, 01:38:32 PM »
If you include the Chopin etudes, then Op. 25 no. 5 (don't hate me pls)
If not, then Franz Liszt's Etude 3, La Campanella.

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #3 on: January 02, 2016, 02:45:36 PM »
I'll include a chopin etude ( do not hate me either ) : op. 25 nš5 :



By Valentina Lisitsa <3

I also really love ( one of my favourites ) Rachmaninoff Etude Tableaux op 33 nš4




Also "La Campanella" by Liszt :




And finally, my beloved Scriabin :


Offline rubinsteinmad

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #4 on: January 02, 2016, 10:19:32 PM »
Chopin: Op. 10 #9; Op. 10 #12; Op. 25 #5; Op. 25 #7;
Liszt: La Campanella; Un Sospiro; Transcendental Etude #10 and #12;
Rachmaninoff: Op. 33 #2, 8; Op. 33 #3, 5, 6;
Debussy: #1, 3, 6, 11
Scriabin : Op. 42 #5
Kapustin: Nos. 3, 6, 7
Earl Wild: Etude on "Embraceable You"
Moszkowski: Etude Op. 72 #2

Also there are some etudes by Bortkiewicz and Szymanowski, but I forgot what they were.

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #5 on: January 02, 2016, 10:25:56 PM »
Liszt - Gnomenreigen

Offline pencilart3

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #6 on: January 03, 2016, 04:17:08 AM »
Liszt - Gnomenreigen

That one is fun :D
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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #7 on: January 03, 2016, 07:16:55 PM »
Liszt S. 139 No. 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12 / S. 140 No. 2, 3, 6 / S. 144 No. 3 / S. 145 No. 1, 2
Chopin Op. 10 No. 8, 12 / Op. 25 No. 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12
Rachmaninoff Op. 33 No. 4 / Op. 39 No. 6
Prokofiev Op. 2 No. 4
Scriabin Op. 8 No. 12
Alkan Op. 33 No. 5 / Op. 39 No. 1, 2, 3, 4 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 / Op. 76 No. 2, 3

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #8 on: January 03, 2016, 09:28:04 PM »
Jazz Ambassador 8)

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #9 on: January 03, 2016, 09:34:55 PM »


I second that !!!

Such an amazing etude, I instantly felt in love with it since the first time I heard it many years ago in a concer !! . Those variations of the theme are amazing and amazingly well structured.

Offline kawai_cs

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #10 on: January 03, 2016, 10:13:04 PM »
Yes, those variations are amazing. Love it.
Chopin, 10-8 | Chopin, 25-12 | Haydn, HOB XVI:20

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #11 on: January 05, 2016, 04:24:01 AM »
Etudes? Well if we include Alkan etudes... the 1st movement of the Symphony for Solo Piano

I don't like the "no Chopin etudes" rule as I love every single Chopin etude...
also some of the Chopin-Godowskys, like the 2nd Nouvelle Etude (even though Pencilart3 hates those)

I like the Liszt Paganini Etude no. 6, and also the TEs with famous names: Mazeppa, Feux Follets, Chasse-neige. And "La Leggeriezza..." (did I spell that right?)

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #12 on: January 05, 2016, 05:51:27 AM »
I don't like the "no Chopin etudes" rule as I love every single Chopin etude...
also some of the Chopin-Godowskys, like the 2nd Nouvelle Etude (even though Pencilart3 hates those)

Hey schumaniac I'm glad we both like every Chopin etude and that somebody else disagrees with the no Chopin rule. And the reason I dislike the Godowskys is because, especially on the 2nd Nouvelle, it is nearly perfect as is!

The part at 16 seconds is so beautiful!



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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #13 on: January 05, 2016, 01:29:11 PM »
I added "no Chopin etude" rule because I love all Chopin etudes, too - there is nothing more beautiful.  But I thought everybody would be probably only listing them. And I want to know your favorite etudes by other composers. Apart from that I love playing etudes and am looking for some nice piece to play when I am ready with my current stuff (which I do not like very much) so having in mind a great etude will motivate me to work harder and finish sooner, I hope.
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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #14 on: January 05, 2016, 05:18:50 PM »
Hey schumaniac I'm glad we both like every Chopin etude and that somebody else disagrees with the no Chopin rule. And the reason I dislike the Godowskys is because, especially on the 2nd Nouvelle, it is nearly perfect as is!

The part at 16 seconds is so beautiful!



Hey that's post 1400 woot woot! :D

I actually happen to really love the Godowsky version of that etude.  Hamelin plays it a bit too fast for you to appreciate all the inner voicing and chromatic motion. 

Robert Helps had an excellent recording of it that really takes off at the end.  I'd encourage to take a listen before you dismiss this particular transcription because it really is one of the better ones out of the entire Godowsky set.   

http://picosong.com/4NYL/


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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #15 on: January 07, 2016, 03:01:13 AM »
Etudes? Well if we include Alkan etudes... the 1st movement of the Symphony for Solo Piano :P


I like "Scherzo Diabolico" very much, but my favorite Alkan Etude is the 3rd movement of the Concerto for Solo Piano. It sounds so much like Chopin's Grande Polonaise Op. 22, yet it combines with bursts of orientalism (I guess from Alkan's Jewish origins?). Also, le Preux is amazing when it is played by MIDI (because no human could possibly do that piece justice).

But I am not the biggest fan of Alkan. His music seems thick to me,

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #16 on: January 07, 2016, 03:32:05 AM »


I prefer Yeoul Eum Son's recording. Do you have a preference for Hamelin?

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Re: your favorite etude
«Reply #17 on: January 08, 2016, 12:07:40 AM »
The middle section of Arensky's Etude Op. 25 #3 is quite fine.