Étude Op. 10, No. 1 by Frédéric Chopin


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'''Étude Op. 10, No. 1''' in C major is a study for solo piano composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1829. It was first published in 1833 in France,("[http://www.cfeo.org.uk/jsp/browsecollection.jsp French edition]"). Paris: M. Schlesinger, June 1833. Germany,("[http://www.cfeo.org.uk/jsp/browsecollection.jsp German edition]"). Leipzig: Fr. Kistner, August 1833 . and England("[http://www.cfeo.org.uk/jsp/browsecollection.jsp English edition]"). London: Wessel & Co, August 1833. as the first piece of his ''Études Op. 10''. This study in reach and arpeggios focuses on stretching the fingers of the right hand. The American music critic James Huneker (1857-1921) compared the "hypnotic charm" that these "dizzy acclivities and descents exercise for eye as well as ear" to the frightening staircases in Giovanni Battista Piranesi's prints of the ''Carceri d'invenzione''.Huneker, James. "The Studies--Titanic Experiments." In ''Chopin: The Man and His Music''. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900. Virtuoso pianist Vladimir Horowitz, who refused to perform this étude in public, said, "For me, the most difficult one of all (the études) is the C Major, the first one, Op. 10, No. 1."[http://books.google.com/books?id=LY01xmAq9tsC&printsec=frontcover&dq=evenings+with+horowitz&source=bl&ots=euGXSbSe_D&sig=f0M6q1WRnh1kTSrz6SabyZCTh68&hl=en&ei=8eBMTMX8NoH48AbgmK00&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAg#v=snippet&q=difficult%20etude&f=false Dubal, David. ''Evenings with Horowitz''. Amadeus Press, 2004]