Frédéric Chopin

Etude for piano No. 17 in E minor, Op. 25/5, CT. 30

    Description by Blair Johnston

    Ten of the twelve études published as Frédéric Chopin's Opus 25 were actually composed at the same time as the Twelve Études, Op.10; only the first and last pieces of the Opus 25 collection (published in 1837) were put together at a later date. Opinion on the relative merit of the two sets has varied throughout the last two centuries (some, such as the Hungarian pianist and composer Stephen Heller, a contemporary of Chopin's, see the Opus 25 Etudes as clearly superior to the Opus 10 group, while Robert Schumann is known to have preferred the earlier publication), both collections occupy vital positions within the pianist's repertoire, and, when viewed collectively, we can find examples of almost every facet of pianistic technique and expression. Like the Opus 10 etudes, those of Opus 25 are very much intended for serious concert performance, and not solely for the virtuosic display of technique.

    The colorful grace notes of the Étude in E minor, Op.25, No.5 once earned this quicksilver piece the name "the Wrong Note Study." One of the few Études cast in ternary (ABA) form, the work's opening is vivace (quintessentially scherzando) and inhibitingly difficult. The performer's touch must be very subtle, lest the perverse, coquettish humor of the piece be swallowed up by the treacherously difficult finger-work. A broader, soulful melody appears in the central, E major section (marker piu lento). The two-handed trills of the tiny coda are brilliantly conceived.

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    2018 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 18041
    2017 ICA Classics ICAB 5141
    2017 Sony Classical 88985466782
    2016 Fryderyk Chopin Institute / Nardowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina NIFCCD 617
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