Studies & Technique

study (or etude) is an instrumental composition designed to provide practice material for perfecting a particular technical skill.

The tradition of composing etudes emerged in the early 19th century with the rapidly growing popularity of the piano.

Most etudes are used as teaching material, as for instance Czerny or Kreutzer studies.

However, some etudes have gained an important place in today's concert repertory, as for example the etudes of Chopin, Liszt, Debussy or Alkan.