Chopin/Godowsky, Trois nouvelles etudes no. 2/Etude no. 45, A-flat major/E major




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Published on Jan 30, 2013

Leopold Godowsky's Study No. 45, based on Frederic Chopin's Etude in A-flat major (Trois nouvelles etudes No. 2), performed by Marc-André Hamelin, accompanied by a graphical score.

Q: What do the colors mean?
A: Chopin's original etude focused on the technical problem of the 2/3 polyrhythm (left hand plays two notes in the time it takes for the right hand to play three). Godowsky extended this to more complex polyrhythms, for example (ratios from treble to bass):
0:07 6/8
0:40 6/10
0:45 6/4/10
1:15 9/3/6/4
1:49 6/6'/16/2
2:05 3/9/16/2
2:12 6/12/16/2
In this video, I have colored the 2-based rhythms (2,4,8,16) blue, the 3-based rhythms (3,9) red, the 5-based rhythms (10) green, and the 6-based rhythms (6,12) violet. There are some notes in free (irregular) rhythms, which I have colored brown/orange. In a couple of passages, the rhythm is out of phase (first note of a group doesn't fall on a downbeat, but is shifted to be off-beat); these notes are circled in white.

Q: How can anyone do this?
A: Few can.

Q: Amazing. Where can I hear move of these?
A: This recording is from this album:

Q: How does this compare to Chopin's original?
A: You can hear the original here:

Q: Where can I get the sheet music for this?
A: Here:

Q: Where can I learn more about Godowsky?
A: He was an amazing guy. You can read more about him here:

Q: Where can I learn more about Marc-André Hamelin?
A: Here:

Q: Could you please do a video of ________?
A: Please read:

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