The Study for Piano (Con moto), the first of the Four Etudes, Op. 7, was written in June and July of 1908 at the Stravinsky family estate of Ustilug in the Ukraine. The Four Etudes were clearly composed in the style of Chopin and middle-period Scriabin. The Con moto in C minor recalls the Allegro Appassionata, the last of Chopin's 24 Preludes, with its heroic right-hand melody and agitated left-hand accompaniment. At the same time, however, Stravinsky is here beginning to explore new metrical combinations by mixing quintuplets with duplets and triplets and sextuplets.
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Description by James Leonard