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A performer's guide to the Piano Etudes Op. 42 of Alexander Scriabin

Ju-Hee Kim, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The etude is one of the oldest and most durable of the many genres of music composed for the piano. Studying piano etudes not only improves one's technique but also assists one to approach more advanced technical requirements in the literature; in many cases it may also help develop musical expressiveness as well. ^ The etudes in Scriabin's Op. 42 are of interest not only for their pianistic qualities, but also because they illustrate, by virtue of their placement in his complete works, his compositional development, which went from simple diatonic harmony to ultra-chromaticism and atonality. ^ The purpose of this study is to be a valuable source of information for performers who are interested in Scriabin's Op. 42. Scriabin's works have usually been discussed from the standpoint of harmony and formal structure. Practice and performance techniques are organized under the areas of fingerings, articulation and phrasing, dynamics, rhythm and tempo and pedaling. Also, these musical suggestions are based on the present author's experiments and experiences. ^

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Kim, Ju-Hee, "A performer's guide to the Piano Etudes Op. 42 of Alexander Scriabin" (2005). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3167461.