Jeanjean Etude 9 from Book of 18

It's Paul Jeanjean time again! Here is a recording of the 9th etude from the Book of 18. This performance is from a recital I gave a few years ago. I am playing a Behn Vintage model A with a cane reed.

This etude, in 6/4, uses tied notes and triplet subdivisions to create a swinging, floating feeling. The pastoral little theme in the beginning quickly changes to something much more angst-ridden emotionally, before returning to the first theme again an octave higher. Jeanjean continues to develop these ideas through a long buildup of musical intensity, which peaks about halfway through and returns quietly again to the first theme. The coda contains several dynamic control challenges, especially the last note, a pianissimo altissimo g.

Enjoy!

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2 comments for “Jeanjean Etude 9 from Book of 18

  1. Therese
    August 11, 2010 at

    Thanks for the post. I have just been assigned this etude and wasn't sure where I would find a recording of it. Now my problem has been solved! Nice playing.

    • August 12, 2010 at

      Great. Glad it helped. I plan to record all of them.
      Sincerely,
      D

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