The Birth of the Étude: Piano Studies by Berger, Boëly, Bomtempo, Cramer, Montgéroult, Steibelt and Woelfl

The best-known piano studies are the 27 by Chopin, most of them composed in the 1830s. But Chopin did not create the genre: a number of prominent pianist-composers had already established the piano study, or étude, in the decades before Chopin sat down to write his. Although this repertoire is as good as unknown today, it is a treasure-trove of miniature jewels, many of them announcing the dawn of Romanticism in their combination of Classical delicacy and a new harmonic warmth.

Anna Petrova-Forster, piano

    JOHANN BAPTIST CRAMER (1771–1858)

  1. Étude No. 26 in G sharp minor
  2. Étude No. 77 in D major
  3. DANIEL STEIBELT (1765–1823)
    50 Études, Op. 78 (publ. 1805)

  4. No. 31 in A minor
  5. No. 26 in D minor
  6. No. 33 in D minor
  7. No. 10 in G major
  8. No. 11 in E flat major
  9. No. 30 in C major
  10. No. 24 in F minor
  11. JOSEPH WOELFL (1775–1812)
    Practical School for the Piano Forte, Op. 56 (publ. 1810)*

  12. Étude No. 41 in F minor
  13. Étude No. 18 in D minor
  14. Étude No. 15 in E flat major
  15. HÉLÈNE DE MONTGEROULT (1764–1836)
    Cours complet pour l’enseignement du Forté-Piano (publ. c. 1816)

  16. Étude No. 78 in A major
  17. Étude No. 107 in B major
  18. JOÃO DOMINGOS BOMTEMPO (1775–1842)
    Elementos de Musica e methodo de tocar Piano Forte, Op. 19 (publ. 1816)

  19. Étude No. 7 in B flat minor
  20. Étude No. 5 in E major 3:47
  21. Étude No. 11 in G minor
  22. LUDWIG BERGER (1777–1837)
    12 Études, Op. 12 (publ. c. 1816)*

  23. No. 1 in C major
  24. No. 3 in C minor
  25. No. 4 in D major
  26. No. 8 in B flat minor
  27. No. 9 in G minor, for the left hand
  28. No. 11 in G minor
  29. 15 Études, Op. 22 (publ. 1836)*

  30. No. 3 in C minor
  31. No. 1 in A minor
  32. No. 14 in B major
  33. ALEXANDRE BOËLY (1785–1858)
    Trente études, Op. 6 (publ. 1830)*

  34. No. 30 in D major
  35. No. 3 in F major
 

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