[Cortot, Alfred. (1877–1962)] Chopin, Frédéric. (1810–1849)
Douze Grandes Études [...] op. 10 - From the Collection of Alfred Cortot
Leipzig / Paris: Fr. Kistner / M. Schlesinger. . Fourth edition.
Douze grandes études pour le pianoforte, composées et dédiées a son ami F. Liszt. Oeuvre 10 [nos. 1 to 5]. Liv 1. Nouvelle Edition. From the collection of Alfred Cortot, with his green stamp to the lower right of the title. 27 pp. [PN] 1018.2961–1018.2966. Last page detached; toning and foxing; overall very good. 10 x 13 inches (26 x 32.6 cm). Deutsch, Musikverlagsnummern 1961: 10
Chopin's Études formed the foundation for what was then a revolutionary playing style for the piano. They are some of the most challenging and evocative pieces of all the works in concert piano repertoire. Because of this, the music remains popular and often performed in both concert and private stages. Some are so popular they have been given nicknames; arguably the most popular of all is Op. 10, No. 3, sometimes identified by the names "Tristesse" ("Sadness") or "Farewell" ("L'Adieu"), as well as the "Revolutionary Étude" (Op. 10, No. 12).