The Étude in the 19th century

In this post I will discuss a musical genre, the étude,  that emerged in the early 19th century and became extremely popular for the piano. The French word étude literally means study. In music it refers to the specific musical genre used for pedagogical purposes. On certain occasions, composers named their compositions as exercises rather than... Continue Reading →

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Music editions and Frederick Chopin (Ballade No.4 Op.52)

Performers often find themselves in a situation where they have to choose which publication to use. There are many different editions, by different publishers and music editors. If you compare editions in detail you may find that firstly the fingering numbering differs, then the articulation, the dynamics, the pedal markings and even some notes. When... Continue Reading →

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