American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music A piece composed for the development of a specific point of technique.
- n. Music A composition featuring a point of technique but performed because of its artistic merit.
- From the around the year 1837, from French étude (meaning "study") from the Latin word studium (meaning "spirit", "devotion" or "study"). (Wiktionary)
- French étude, from Old French estudie, study; see study. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And you obviously have never tackled a Chopin etude as undergrad.”
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“I haven't felt this "Revolutionary" since I learned the Chopin etude.”
“After going out into the yard several times to see if Prince was barking at any reality, I brought him into the pantry and in order to compose his nerves I left the "Revolutionary" etude, which is so tempestuous, and played the next which is almost a lullaby, so soft and soothing is it, and to my relief it had its effect, and Prince went to sleep.”
“What eventually came of the effort however was a half-hour long masterful set of variations, of which some were labelled "etude" and others merely "variation.”
“I can't remember which etude it is, but it's just me with an orchestra, and Chopin, and I just think it's beautiful.”
“(Soundbite of music) LIANE HANSEN, host: This solo piano etude is just one brightly colored gem in a jewel box of a new CD by the musical artist known as Lightspeed Champion.”
“I owe mastery of the Egyptian kohl-lined eye to continuous doodling as performing an etude through lectures.”
“While most think of it as an obsessive's adventure, the whole thing is an etude on the nature of whaling, fate, religion, and vengeance, of course.”
“Just to see what it would be like: a Rachmaninoff etude-tableau”
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