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Czerny Op 740 #10, 2 Versions

Updated: Dec 30, 2021

As written, this short and quite pretty study would have to be repeated many times in succession to accommodate the kind of exercise it seems most appropriate for--chainees across the floor, pas de couru, through-the-counts steps. If you have a strong “thirds technique” that won’t be a problem. I haven’t; it’s a problem.

Op 740 #10, 1st Version: short Chainees music, 8 sets of 8

This is my performance of #10 realized with DAW software. I trim off Czerny’s coda (mm17-end), repeat m 13 (in diminished 7th harmony) to get a turnaround back to C major, then fashion a little coda of my own to finish. It’s all of half a minute, a bauble.

But #10 can be played quite differently with considerably more usefulness in ballet class. Reduce the tempo and create a strong LH accompaniment, allowing the music to become ponderous and more like fondus than chainees, or, to go even further, more like grands battements than fondus.

Op 740 #10, 2nd Version: Grands Battements, 8 sets of 8

This is my performance of my 1st Version expanded with repeats and slowed to the quarter @85, a typical tempo for grands battements in one count (“in on one”). I provide a score in which it will be seen that I’ve filled in the LH with a heavy quarter-note stride to accompany the RH’s running thirds.

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