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Czerny Op 335 #44, Single Version

Even for very advanced players I’m guessing that Czerny’s tempo is unfeasible, at least on a modern piano. Conveniently, #44 is yet another Czerny study that gains musical value not only by slowing the tempo (to, say, the quarter @100), but also by reducing the technical challenges (namely, eliminating the LH chordal writing). Simplified and slowed down, #44 can be projected vigorously as grands battements music, or lightly as tendu-degage music, or very sharply for frappes.

Op 335 #44, Single Version: “Fanfare” march, 16 sets of 8-count phrases

This is my performance of #44 in a shortcut arrangement, for which I provide a score. I’ve drastically simplified Czerny’s LH, and I should point out that his RH dyads can be further simplified, namely in mm 9-14 where you can get by with not playing all the upper notes (mm 9-12) or lower notes (mm 13-14). I’ve used only half of Czerny’s material, reshaping his binary piece into a ternary piece, recapitulating his A section and rewriting so as to end in the tonic.

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