Dictionary and translator for handheld
New : sensagent is now available on your handheld
A windows (pop-into) of information (full-content of Sensagent) triggered by double-clicking any word on your webpage. Give contextual explanation and translation from your sites !
With a SensagentBox, visitors to your site can access reliable information on over 5 million pages provided by Sensagent.com. Choose the design that fits your site.
Improve your site content
Add new content to your site from Sensagent by XML.
Crawl products or adds
Get XML access to reach the best products.
Index images and define metadata
Get XML access to fix the meaning of your metadata.
Please, email us to describe your idea.
Lettris is a curious tetris-clone game where all the bricks have the same square shape but different content. Each square carries a letter. To make squares disappear and save space for other squares you have to assemble English words (left, right, up, down) from the falling squares.
Boggle gives you 3 minutes to find as many words (3 letters or more) as you can in a grid of 16 letters. You can also try the grid of 16 letters. Letters must be adjacent and longer words score better. See if you can get into the grid Hall of Fame !
Change the target language to find translations.
Tips: browse the semantic fields (see From ideas to words) in two languages to learn more.
1.a short composition for a solo instrument; intended as an exercise or to demonstrate technical virtuosity
2.a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique"a study in spiccato bowing"
ÉtudeÉ`tude" (�`tụd"), n. [F. See Study.]
1. A composition in the fine arts which is intended, or may serve, for a study.
2. (Mus.) A study; an exercise; a piece for practice of some special point of technical execution.
Blues Etude • Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements • Centre d'étude des supports de publicité • Centre de documentation et d'étude sur la langue internationale • Comité d'information et de liaison pour l'archéologie, l'étude et la mise en valeur du patrimoine industriel • Grande étude de perfectionnement • Institut pour l'Etude des Methodes de Direction de l'Entreprise • Island Etude • List of etude composers • Société Nationale pour l'Etude des Transports Aériens • The Etude • Transcendental Etude No. 1 (Liszt) • Transcendental Etude No. 10 (Liszt) • Transcendental Etude No. 11 (Liszt) • Transcendental Etude No. 12 (Liszt) • Transcendental Etude No. 2 (Liszt) • Transcendental Etude No. 3 (Liszt) • Transcendental Etude No. 4 (Liszt) • Transcendental Etude No. 5 (Liszt) • Transcendental Etude No. 6 (Liszt) • Transcendental Etude No. 7 (Liszt) • Transcendental Etude No. 8 (Liszt) • Transcendental Etude No. 9 (Liszt) • Villa lobos etude no.1 • Étude (song) • Étude Op. 10, No. 1 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 10, No. 10 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 10, No. 11 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 10, No. 12 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 10, No. 2 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 10, No. 3 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 10, No. 4 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 10, No. 5 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 10, No. 6 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 10, No. 7 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 10, No. 8 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 10, No. 9 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 2 No. 1 (Scriabin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 1 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 10 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 11 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 12 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 2 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 3 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 4 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 5 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 6 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 7 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 8 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 25, No. 9 (Chopin) • Étude Op. 8 No. 12 (Scriabin) • Étude sur l’argot français
|Problems listening to these files? See media help.|
An étude (/ /; French pronunciation: [eˈtyd], a French word meaning study) is an instrumental musical composition, usually short and of considerable difficulty, usually designed to provide practice material for perfecting a particular technical skill. The tradition of writing études emerged in the early 19th century with the rapidly growing popularity of the piano. Of the vast number of études from that era some are still used as teaching material (particularly pieces by Carl Czerny and Muzio Clementi), and a few, by major composers such as Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy, achieved a place in today's concert repertory. Composers of the 20th century variously composed études related to the old tradition (György Ligeti), études that required wholly unorthodox technique (John Cage), and études that required unusually facile technique.
Studies, "lessons" and other didactic instrumental pieces composed before the 19th century are very varied, without any established genres. The pieces in lute instruction books, such as the celebrated Varietie of Lute-Lessons (1610), may be arranged in order of increasing difficulty, but will usually include both simple teaching pieces and masterworks by renowned composers. Domenico Scarlatti's 30 Essercizi per gravicembalo ("30 Exercises for harpsichord", 1738) do not differ in scope from his other keyboard works, and Johann Sebastian Bach's four volumes of Clavier-Übung ("keyboard practice") contain everything from simple organ duets to the extensive and difficult Goldberg Variations.
The situation changed in the early 19th century because of the growing popularity of the piano as a domestic instrument. Instruction books with exercises became very common. Of particular importance were collections of "studies" by Johann Baptist Cramer (published between 1804 and 1810), early parts of Muzio Clementi's Gradus ad Parnassum (1817–26), numerous works by Carl Czerny, and Ignaz Moscheles' Studien Op. 70 (1825–26). Most of these pieces concentrated on the technical side of music and were not intended for performance. However, with the late parts of Clementi's collection and Moscheles' Charakteristische Studien Op. 95 (1836–37) the situation began to change, with both composers striving to create music that would both please the audiences in concert and serve as a good teaching tool. Such combination of didactic and musical value in a study is sometimes referred to as a concert study.
Frédéric Chopin's études, Op. 10 (1833) and Op. 25 (1837) were the first to retain a firm position in the concert repertory, and are commonly regarded today as some of the finest études ever written. The technique required to play them was extremely novel at the time of their publication, and the first performer who succeeded at mastering these pieces was the renowned virtuoso composer, Franz Liszt (to whom Chopin's Op. 10 is dedicated). Liszt himself composed a number of études that were more extensive, and even more complex than Chopin's. Among these, the most well-known is the collection Études d'Execution Transcendante (final version published in 1852). These did not retain the didactic aspect of Chopin's work, however, since the difficulty (and the technique used) varies within a given piece. Collections of études by Charles-Valentin Alkan, marked by harmonic and structural experimentation, are similar in this aspect. Alkan's work includes some of the first études written for a single hand.
The 19th century also saw a number of étude and study collections for instruments other than the piano. Violin études by Rodolphe Kreutzer, Federigo Fiorillo and others, and cello études by Friedrich Dotzauer and Friedrich Wilhelm Grutzmacher are used mostly as teaching tools today. The only études to make their way to concert repertory are those by Niccolò Paganini: 24 Caprices (1802–17). These works all conform to the standard definition of 19th century étude in that they are short compositions, each exploiting a single facet of technique. Collections of studies for flute were published during the second half of the 19th century by Ernesto Köhler, Wilhelm Popp and Adolf Terschak.
The early 20th century saw the publication of a number of important collections of études. Claude Debussy's Études for piano (1915) conform to the "one facet of technique per piece" rule, but exhibit unorthodox structures with many sharp contrasts, and many concentrate on sonorities and timbres peculiar to the piano, rather than technical points. Leopold Godowsky's 53 Studies on the Chopin Études (1894–1914) are built on Chopin's études: Godowsky's additions and changes elevated Chopin's music to new, hitherto unknown levels of difficulty, which led Ferruccio Busoni to remark that Godowsky was the only composer to have added anything of significance to keyboard writing since Liszt. Other important études of this period include Heitor Villa-Lobos' virtuoso 12 Études for guitar (1929) and pieces by Russian composers: Sergei Rachmaninoff's Études-Tableaux (1911, 1917) and several collections by Alexander Scriabin (all for piano).
By mid-century the old étude tradition was largely abandoned. Olivier Messiaen's Quatre études de rythme ("Four studies in rhythm", 1949–50) were not didactic compositions, but experiments with serial durations and pitches. John Cage's etudes—Études Australes (1974–75) for piano, Études Boreales (1978) for cello and/or piano and Freeman Études (1977–80, 1989–90) for violin—are indeterminate pieces based on star charts, and some of the most difficult works in the repertory. The three books of Études by György Ligeti (1985, 1988–94, 1995) are perhaps closest to the old tradition in that they too concentrate each on a particular technique. Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji's Études transcendantes (100) (1940–44), which take Godowsky and Liszt as their starting point, frequently focus on particular technical elements, as well as various rhythmical difficulties.
Already in the 20th century composers used not only the keyboard but also the inner parts of the piano. Accordingly, new kinds of études have been composed. An example is the cycle of études Postales submarinas (Etudes for Inside Piano) by Juan María Solare.
|Look up étude in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|