A collection of some memorable moments in repeated note-playing. This video can also be seen as a hymn of gratitude to Sebastien Erard for inventing the doub…

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25 thoughts on “Great Pianists’ Technique: Repeated Notes

  1. pianopera says:

    With the danger of *repeating* myself, but these compilations are truly
    wonderful! Yes, Chopin wrote relatively few pieces with long passages of
    repeated notes, apart from opus 10/7 that you mention I can only recall the
    coda from the Second Ballade and the Waltz opus 18…

  2. StockhausenIsMyCat . says:

    @pianopera Thanks, I am very glad you liked it! And indeed apart from the
    pieces you mention I do not recall anything of Chopin which involves
    substantial repeated notes (beyond sporadic appearances like the chords in
    polonaise op.40 or the expressive ones as in mazurka op.17/4). Here I
    decided to leave out op.10/7 and the coda of the second Ballade as they
    already appeared in the double notes compilation.

  3. brian leahy says:

    AHHHH…..you have no idea how much i look forward to these compilations!
    Again another awesome job by someone with a true knowledge of the piano
    literature and its greatest players. These are becoming my favorite YT
    music posts. TY!!!

  4. brian leahy says:

    I would like to add that i consider myself to have a quite deep knowledge
    of the past masters of the ivories and yet when i watch these i find
    absolute gems of the recorded art i never knew of. BRAVO my friend!

  5. vova47 says:

    Amazing performances!..And yet it was Richter who made me forget completely
    about technical part of these compilations and I just started listening to
    MUSIC he was playing. Maybe it just me…

  6. vova47 says:

    Dear Stockhausenis My Cat, I have never lost the sight of Art. And I am
    familiar with most of the performances here and have them in my collection
    for many years now, so I hardly need “an invitation to original
    performances”. Isolation of a technical problem is exactly what I am
    expecting from these videos and you provide them admirably. But Richter
    made me forget all about “clinical” aspect of them and I stopped reading
    music and just immersed myself in his poetry in sound. That’s all.

  7. lhiram23 says:

    thanks StockhausenIsMyCat for this very interesting view on repeated notes.
    if i may suggest one thing, i would put too the passage of the 2nd rhapsody
    by Liszt played with Horowitz. The repeated notes are unique and spakling
    too, as the passage of the 2nd movement of the 3rd piano concerto by
    Rachmaninov. And the Dohnanyi Concert Etude in F minor Op. 28 No. 6. Kind

  8. Pedro Taam says:

    @Stockhausenismycat check out Argerich’s double notes in Liszt totentanz
    and Cziffra’s glissandi in totentanz, hungarian fantasy and brahms-paganini!

  9. MrBenny10101 says:

    God damn I wish I could play some of these passages like these guys. These
    guys are just ridiculous. There really are such things as great pianists.

  10. Doron Burstein says:

    An even more amazing rendering of the passage in Scriabins ninth is
    Horowitz’s live performance from 1953. (It’s not the famous 1965 Carnegie
    Hall recording.)

  11. fortepiano44 says:

    What a great idea for this dimension of advanced piano study. These
    historical compilations are fascinating.

  12. Ehud Wagner says:

    this excerpts are so engaging, i feel somewhat dissapointed every time the
    music switches…great collection though. thanks a lot

  13. karlakor says:

    I would have added to the list Dinu Lipatti’s recording of the Ravel
    Alborada del Gracioso. It is superior even to Richter’s, in my opinion.

  14. Chris56Y says:

    Beautiful performances, especially Michelangeli playing Ravel’s Ondine. Do
    you know which recording this is from?

  15. Great Pianists says:

    No disrespect to Mr. Liszt, but what was his point in decorating up Mr.
    Wagner’s melody to the Pilgrims’ Chorus in “Tannhauser” in this fashion? I
    simply don’t get it. I suppose many people think it’s beautiful. Well, it’s
    definitely a lot better than many other things I’ve heard, but I still
    don’t understand its purpose. Mr. Bolet’s rendition is very fine, however.

  16. PastukhSkota says:

    I love all you comparison videos… I might suggest Stephen Hough for
    Liszt’s Tarantella… And possibly Hamelin, especially his live performance
    at Merkin Hall. Also Hough for the Moszkowski?

  17. Christian Jiang says:

    Oh yes!! I was searching these videos for two years, and today I’ve found
    them!! I’m so happy! These collection of memorable parts from classical
    music because of their difficulty are one of the most interesting videos on

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