etude etude

Definition(s):

  • (n) a short composition for a solo instrument; intended as an exercise or to demonstrate technical virtuosity

Usage(s):

  1. Intimate Strangers is not a dry little intellectual etude for two hands.
  2. Often I spent hours trying to decide if a certain etude should go before a mazurka or after it.
  3. Especially impressive is the hand-crippling D-flat major etude of Opus 25.

News

  • Braque exhibition at D.C.'s Phillips highlights painter worth digging into

    WASHINGTON — Clearly visible within the neat borders on a piece of paper is the word "etude," French for study, in a detail from Georges Braque's ebullient 1929 painting, "The Round Table." Very likely, given Braque's interest in music and the bourgeois domesticity he cultivated, the etude in question is a piano work by Chopin, or perhaps Liszt or Debussy. But a guitar is also clearly visible on ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Troy Record

Quotes

  1. Graham said, "It's a rich tapestry and it provides a delicious variety of romantic, saucy, lush, humorous and offbeat songs. I wasn't familiar with many of them before, including Fauré's rarely heard Vocalise-Etude, but I have truly fallen in love...
    on Dec 26, 2006 By: Susan Graham Source: PlaybillArts

  2. "I didn't expect this kind of race," Dominguez said. "I thought the [Belly Rub] and [Etude] would have more speed and I was surprised by how much speed I had. But [Shuman] told me to put the horse where he was comfortable and I listened to my...
    on Apr 22, 2007 By: Ramon Dominguez Source: Baltimore Sun

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