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The Etude in F minor is one of the three etudes which Chopin gave, in a friendly gesture, to two outstanding musicians: Fétis, the preeminent theorist in Paris, to whom Chopin owed an enthusiastic review of his first concert in the French capital, and Moscheles, with whom he played at the royal court in Saint-Cloud. Fétis and Moscheles were preparing a ‘school’ for superior pianists: a Méthode des Méthodes. Chopin received and accepted particular tasks. He wrote three etudes, each of which was assigned a specific technical goal, such as the independence of the hands. In the first of the three, in F minor, there are four accompaniment notes to every three melodic notes.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
[Cykl audycji "Fryderyka Chopina Dzieła Wszystkie"]
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