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Etude in G sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 6 incypit

Genre: Etude

Key: G-sharp minor

Opus/WN: Op. 25 No. 6

Creation date: przed 1837 (1835-1837?)

Acc. to Paderewski: II/18

Acc. to Turło: 31

Instruments: piano

Composition dedicated to:

Maria d'Agoult


After the fifth etude in the set, the E minor, the next piece, in G sharp minor, should be played at once, attacca, as the two form a pair (like the Etudes in E major and C sharp minor from opus 10). The Etude in G sharp minor, the sixth in line, is known as the ‘Thirds’ Etude. The right-hand part runs in thirds with unerring consistency. It might also be called a ‘chromatic’ etude: its most prominent feature is the tone colouring, and it is through timbres that it affects the listener.

James Huneker admittedly exaggerates when he suggests that it ‘must be played like the wind’, though he is on the right lines. Kullak’s suggestion (as quoted by Huneker), that ‘apart from a few places and some accents, the Etude is to be played almost throughout in that Chopin whisper’, is supported by the instruction sotto voce (in an undertone), placed by Chopin above the notes.

Not without good reason does Zdzisław Jachimecki call the ‘Thirds’ Etude ‘one of the most marvellous virtuosic fireworks of all Chopin’s art, an unfailing means of dazzling the listener, placed in the hands of the moguls of the keyboard’.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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