2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

The Genesis of the Concert Étude: An Examination of Chopin's Op.10 No.5
Tyler C. Kielb♦
Dr. Ilia Radoslavov, Faculty Mentor

Technique, generally understood in a musical context to be synonymous with physical prowess, has been an interest of composers and performers for centuries. The virtuosity of many keyboard works by Bach and Scarlatti clearly indicate a desire for agility and stamina of the fingers; this interest then gains exclusive focus in the late 18th and early 19th centuries through entire volumes of didactic material written by Cramer, Clementi and Czerny. It is Chopin (1810-1849), however, who is the first to synthesize these elements of modern piano technique into what is known as the "Concert Étude," a composition of both technical and musical aspirations. This discussion and performance of Chopin's famous "Black Key" étude will examine the composer's consideration of technical and musical elements when writing these novel studies.

Keywords: Piano, Chopin, Étude, Virtuosity, Technique, Lyricism, Romantic


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 5-2
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 3:00

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