JOHANN BAPTIST CRAMER (1771-1858): 60 Etudes for Piano, Op. 30 and Op. 40.
Catalogue Number: 06U033
Reference: GB 5204/5-2
Description: The 60 Etudes contained in this publication are those which have become classics as selected and revised by Hans von Bülow with comments and fingering. Cramer published the original complete 84 Etudes in two books: the first in 1804 for Breitkopf & Härtel of Leipzig and the second some time between 1807 and 1808. Those dates are particularly important for the history of the piano etude because Book I of Clementi's Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44 did not come out until 1817. Some of these are extremely bright in character, such as No. 12 with its ribattuta notes, but most of them concentrate on legato employed for expression, mainly at tempos such as Andante, Moderato or Allegro with hardly any indications of Presto or Prestissimo. 2 CDs. Giorgio Farina (piano).