1. Saya, I enjoyed reading of your Etude experiences as both transforming and empowering. I totally agree that the real reward in these stunning Etudes is for the player, and not about impressing others. My absolute favourite to listen to is Op.25, No.1 (Aeolian Harp) It brings tears to my eyes every time, it is like music from another world. Do you have a favourite? I learned Op.10 No. 1 at University — ridiculously fast also. I find that playing blindfolded or in the dark can add another dimension to the learning experience, making you realise how much of the piece has sunk into your bones. All the best πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Bonaru πŸ™‚ It’s tough to pick a favourite because all the etudes are so amazing…but I suppose Revolutionary always has a special place. No matter how many times I listen to it, I’m always blown away by the sheer amount of emotion that piece has. A close second is the one I’m currently working on, op. 25 no.12. I think that one of the best parts of learning these etudes is that you get to take them apart, and in doing so they sometimes show a different side of themselves.

      I’ve been playing just the left hand part of op.25 no.12 for a bit now and it’s so beautiful – it has such a soft side to it. It’s night and day from when I combine the hands.

      You’re spot on with playing blindfolded – I’ve done that a couple times and its really fantastic when you’ve reached a point that you don’t have to depend on your eyes for the piece!

      Thanks for the comment – I look forward to keeping up with your blog πŸ™‚

      • I’ve never thought of left and right hands as night and day. What a beautiful metaphor. I will remember to pass that on to my students. πŸ™‚ I hope you continue to enjoy dismantling and re-mantling (?) your etude.

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