Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Comme le Vent

What I find most striking about Charles-Valentin Alkan's Etude "Comme le Vent" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VPYwfTFFbM) is, rather obviously, the speed with which it is played, but also the individual clarity commanded by each note. I would think that anyone who hears this piece can at least appreciate the sheer composure and dexterity required of any individual who plays it, even if the listener has no knowledge of piano technicalities. Oddly then, what I find beautiful is that it seems, generally speaking, virtually unattainable for any human to be able to play this, but a virtuoso with the right skill level makes it possible for such a piece to even exist for the rest of us to enjoy.

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