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Czerny Op 335 #26, Single Version

This brief, bravura flourish doesn’t have a lot to recommend itself for inclusion in an accompanist’s repertory. I think Czerny presents it as a representative piece holding its place on the menu of techniques and effects he’s showcasing study by study. It’s less a piece of music than a way of making a shimmering, undulating C major sound on the piano. But it’s also a way of feeling in your two hands, with all ten fingers, dominant and diminished 7th chords. It’s a toccata, giving you the feel of your hands working up and down the keyboard from LH 5 to RH 5. And it’s a meditation: plant your hands in each position on the keyboard and silently depress each note one after the other.

All that said, #26 makes a very serviceable Reverence for the end of class.

Op 335 #26, Single Version: Reverence

This is my performance of #26 as Reverence. Reverence is usually two eights long, so I extended Czerny’s closing two bars. Reverence in 3/4 is usually much slower than Czerny’s quarter@126, so I slowed it to quarter@100.

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