Etude Music Recordings

An étude (French for 'study') is a solo instrumental piece. Originally études were conceived as technical exercises, focusing on a particular technique and structured to work as practice material for perfecting a particular skill. During the 19th century, the growing popularity of the piano as a home instrument helped develop a tradition of etude-writing, that culminated with études becoming concert pieces. Nowadays, certain sets of études are still used in a pedagogical context (such as those by Sor, or Clementi), while études by composers such as Chopin, Liszt, or Debussy, have acquired a repertoire status, and proven to be among the most difficult pieces in the repertoire.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
2 Konzertetüden, S. 145 Franz Liszt Piano Romantic
3 Concert Etudes, S. 144 Franz Liszt Piano Romantic
6 Études de concert, Op. 35 Cécile Chaminade Piano Romantic
6 Studies in Canon Form, Op. 56 Robert Schumann Piano Romantic
7 Études rhythmiques Bohuslav Martinů Solo Instrument and Piano Early 20th Century
8 Etudes, Op.42 Alexander Scriabin Piano Late 19th century
10 Little Pieces, Op.44 Max Reger Piano Romantic
12 Etudes in All the Minor Keys, Op. 39 (Concerto and Symphony for Solo piano) Charles-Valentin Alkan Piano Romantic
12 Etudes, Op. 8 Alexander Scriabin Piano Late 19th century
24 Etudes for Flute, Op. 15 Joachim Andersen Flute Romantic
25 Etudes Melodiques, Op. 45 Stephen Heller Piano Romantic
30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107 Sigfrid Karg-Elert Flute Early 20th Century
60 Studies selected by Bülow Johann Baptist Cramer Piano Romantic
Etude, no. 1 from 3 Pieces, Op. 19 Anton Arensky Piano Romantic
Etude no. 6 Giulio Regondi Guitar Classical
Études d'exécution transcendante, S.139 Franz Liszt Piano Romantic
Etudes, L. 136 Claude Debussy Piano Early 20th Century
Etudes, Op. 10 Frédéric Chopin Piano Romantic
Etudes, Op. 25 Frédéric Chopin Piano Romantic
Études Tableaux, Op. 33 Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Early 20th Century