When I was learning Kreutzer, my teacher skipped etude number 1 and 23. I re-opened the book some years later and found these two etudes very interesting and in fact have become my all-time favorites ever since. One needs to be very relaxed to play #1 in sostenuto with crescendo and diminuendo and appropriate vibrato. It's really fun to play the cadenza-like runs in #23. To start with, I cut the long runs into 3 bow strokes. I would like to hear the experience from other players.
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