Kreutzer Etude # 1 and 23

December 27, 2006 at 04:14 AM · 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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December 27, 2006 at 04:23 AM · I haven't looked at the 23 in a while but #1 is something Earl Carlyss swears by. He said when he was younger he couldn't get a steady slow bow so he practiced #1 at 40bpm. Yes that's insanely slow. He even showed me his laminated mini photo copy he keeps in his case. By now though, he has it memorized I think :p

So #1 is great but it's too boring and difficult for a beginner IMO.

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