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CZERNY , Carl (1791-1857)


  • Nicolas Horvath, piano

Carl Czerny, a student of Beethoven—whose music remained an inspiration—occupied an important place in the musical landscape of his time as both performer and pedagogue. His own students, such as Liszt, transmitted his teaching principles which were available in a large number of groundbreaking exercises and études.

Carl Czerny wrote his 30 Études de mécanisme, Op. 849 (‘30 Studies of Technique’) at a time of exceptionally high demand for teaching material. The Studies make use of a limited range of keys but are intended as an introduction for students to the ‘School of Velocity’. Perfectly placed between his simpler and more virtuosic Studies, Czerny’s Études have remained in demand to the present day.


30 Études de Mécanisme, Op. 849 () (00:49:00 )
No. 1 in C Major: Allegro (00:01:34)
No. 2 in C Major: Molto allegro (00:01:40)
No. 3 in C Major: Allegro non troppo (00:01:11)
No. 4 in C Major: Allegro (00:01:18)
No. 5 in C Major: Vivace giocoso (00:01:13)
No. 6 in C Major: Allegro leggiero (00:01:29)
No. 7 in C Major: Vivace (00:01:58)
No. 8 in C Major: Vivace (00:01:18)
No. 9 in F Major: Allegretto vivace (00:01:20)
No. 10 in F Major: Allegro moderato (00:01:46)
No. 11 in G Major: Molto vivace (00:01:32)
No. 12 in G Major: Allegretto animato (00:02:09)
No. 13 in B-Flat Major: Molto vivace e leggiero (00:02:25)
No. 14 in A Major: Molto vivace (00:01:33)
No. 15 in E Major: Allegretto vivace (00:01:29)
No. 16 in C Major: Molto vivace energico (00:01:25)
No. 17 in G Major: Vivace giocoso (00:01:43)
No. 18 in E-Flat Major: Allegro risoluto (00:01:28)
No. 19 in B-Flat Major: Allegro scherzando (00:01:29)
No. 20 in F Major: Allegro piacevole (00:01:33)
No. 21 in B-Flat Major: Allegro vivace (00:01:36)
No. 22 in E Major: Allegro (00:02:08)
No. 23 in A Major: Allegro comodo (00:01:35)
No. 24 in D Major: Allegro moderato (00:01:03)
No. 25 in D Major: Allegro en galop (00:01:41)
No. 26 in G Minor: Allegretto vivace (00:01:54)
No. 27 in A-Flat Major: Allegro comodo (00:01:43)
No. 28 in F Major: Allegro (00:01:34)
No. 29 in C Major: Molto allegro (00:00:37)
No. 30 in C Major: Molto vivace (00:01:24)
Total Time: 00:46:48

The Artist(s)

Nicolas Horvath Nicolas Horvath is an unusual artist with an unconventional résumé. He began his music studies at the Académie de Musique Prince Rainier III de Monaco, and at the age 16, he caught the attention of the American conductor Lawrence Foster who helped him to secure a three-year scholarship from the Princess Grace Foundation in order to further his studies. His mentors include a number of distinguished international pianists, including Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Gérard Frémy, Eric Heidsieck, Gabriel Tacchino, Nelson Delle-Vigne, Philippe Entremont, Oxana Yablonskaya and Liszt specialist Leslie Howard who helped to lay the foundations for Horvath’s current recognition as a leading interpreter of Liszt’s music. He is the holder of a number of awards, including First Prize of the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions.

The Composer(s)

Carl Czerny Carl Czerny owed much to his father, who trained him as a pianist and musician, concentrating particularly on the works of Bach, Mozart and Clementi. At the age of nine he played for Beethoven, who was happy to accept him as a pupil, his lessons relying in good part on Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s essay on keyboard playing, the Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen. In spite of the irregularity of these lessons, Czerny enjoyed Beethoven’s favour and found a continuing source of inspiration in his music, which remained at the heart of his own repertoire as a performer. Attempts to embark on an early career as an infant prodigy, a travelling virtuoso, were eventually abandoned, partly owing to the disturbed political and social events of the time and partly because, as Czerny later pointed out, of his lack of brilliance and showmanship, the element of charlatanry that seemed a necessary concomitant of such a career. With his careful father’s approval, he settled in Vienna primarily as a piano teacher, with pupils that over the years included the boy Liszt, who passed on Czerny’s teaching to a generation of virtuosi, and they, in turn, to their pupils.