Monday, June 27, 2016

Étude Op 25 No 1 (in A flat major) by Frédéric Chopin, performed by Paul Cantrell

Paul Cantrell describes Étude Op 25 No 1 (in A flat major):
The word “étude” means study — a practice piece, designed to exercise a particular technique. Études for musicians are generally dry, repetitious pieces, not music to perform, but just exercises for practice. So Chopin’s choice of that title may seem a little understated, or even ironic: his études certainly do exercise one’s technique, but they are expressive, poetic, passionate, and anything but dry.

I think the title fits beautifully: shouldn’t learning always be this way?

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