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12 utudes in All the Minor Keys

Composed by Marc-Andre Hamelin. Modern. Sheet Music. Composed 1986-2009. Duration approximately 60 minutes. Edition Peters #EP68235. Published by Edition Peters (PE.P68235).

Item Number: PE.P68235
ISBN 979-0-3007-5693-6. Modern.

No.1 in A Minor "Triple Etude after Chopin"; No.2 in E Minor "Coma Berenices"; No.3 in B Minor "after Paganini-Liszt"; No.4 in C Minor "Etude a mouvement perpetuelle semblamble (d'apres Alkan)"; No.5 in G Minor "Toccata grottesca"; No.6 in D Minor "Esercizio per Pianoforte (Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti)"; No.7 in Eb Minor "after Tchaikovsky (for the left hand alone)"; No.8 in Bb Minor "Erlkonig (after Goethe)"; No.9 in F Minor "after Rossini"; No.10 in F-sharp Minor "after Chopin"; No.11 in C-sharp Minor "Minuetto"; No.12 in Ab Minor "Prelude and Fugue"

This set of virtuoso etudes by one of today's top pianists was written over a span of 25 years, and includes both original character pieces and also works that incorporate elements of or refer back to works by well-known composers. "More than half of this collection has been previously available, circulating among pianists and interested parties for a number of years. However, previous incarnations of some of the earlier etudes are now obsolete, since I have made a significant number of changes and improvements."--Marc-Andre Hamelin. Mr. Hamelin was born on September 5th, 1961, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  • No. 1 in A Minor "Triple Etude after Chopin" 
  • No. 2 in E Minor "Coma Berenices" 
  • No. 3 in B Minor "after Paganini-Liszt" 
  • No. 4 in C Minor "Etude a mouvement perpetuelle semblamble (d'apres Alkan) " 
  • No. 5 in G Minor "Toccata grottesca" 
  • No. 6 in D Minor "Esercizio per Pianoforte (Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti) " 
  • No. 7 in Eb Minor "after Tchaikovsky (for the left hand alone) " 
  • No. 8 in Bb Minor "Erlkonig (after Goethe) " 
  • No. 9 in F Minor "after Rossini" 
  • No. 10 in F-sharp Minor "after Chopin" 
  • No. 11 in C-sharp Minor "Minuetto" 
  • No. 12 in Ab Minor "Prelude and Fugue" 

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  • 5

    Veteli, FIN
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  • March 10, 2012 Wonderful set of etudes, horrible binding

    Hamelin's etude set is surely pianistically the most important set of piano etudes published since Ligeti. Stylistically the set is very varied, and it wonderfully displays the mastery Hamelin has over the style and texture of various pianist-composers (Alkan, Godowsky, Liszt, Prokofiev, Scarlatti etc.). This set is a...

    must for all pianophiliacs and people interested in the piano culture. But I wish I had the possibility of buying an another edition of the set, because the one I got had an incredibly badly binding. If one is really going to use it, one has to cut the binding off with a chainsaw and then rebind the loose leaves with some or other method. Otherwise the collection remains unusable. In summary: a wonderful and pianistically incredibly interesting set of etudes that has a binding that is below all reasonable standards. Shame on you, Peters! You could do much better service to your reputation and to the public interested in piano music.

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  • 5

    Darien, IL
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  • October 16, 2011 Amazing works, worth listening to and playing

    I completely disagree with the Greencastle, IN reviewer. Some of these Etudes will blow your mind. The first one, the Triple Etude after Chopin, is absolutely incredible. Not only is it amazing how the three Etudes are combined, but it is just downright funny. The fourth Etude, d'apres Alkan...

    , is an incredible combination of Alkan's Op. 76, No. 3 and the last movement of the Symphony for Solo Piano (with brief nods to Le Festin d'Esope). It works so well musically speaking. I've always enjoyed his arrangement of La Campanella, which is the third Etude in this set. I do prefer his earlier version though texturally speaking. Yes, I will agree that these are extremely difficult. These are only for the most intrepid. But to say they have no musical value is just completely wrong. We need to applaud composer pianists like Hamelin that are continuing this tradition. He's not just halfway continuing it, he's doing amazing things.

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    Greencastle, IN
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  • August 06, 2011 WHY ?

    What is the value, purpose of such a display of difficult and almost unplayable Etudes? Of course, M..A. Hamelin is gifted as is armed with amazing technique and curiosity. But these Etudes are next to impossible to perform (except for Mr. Hamelin... obviously, as I listened to his recording...

    .)) But what bothered me more, was the absence of 'musical' value in these Etudes. . The 'sense of humor' mentioned by M.A.H. in his notes, is non-existantt in my humble opinion. After the initial shock of technical feats, there is a just a sense of repetitious, non-interesting music, at the edge of complete boredom, which I would call "Unnecessary Music" ... leaving me with the title of this review: WHY ?

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  • 5

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    This book is the book to end all books. Herein contains some of the most difficultly inspired Etudes of all time, penned by the virtuoso of virtuosos. Marc-Andre Hamelin is a "super virtuoso" and writes like that too. He fools with your ears, your fingers, and your mind. Anyone...

    who takes, eats, and is able to digest this music is well rewarded; do no mistaken this book... though very deceptive and curious, take heed.

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