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Czerny Op 740 #39, 2 Versions


This study will work for ballet class across a wide range of tempos slower than Czerny’s, but I find it sounds sluggish unless I project its percussive toccata character. And, as usual, I’ve created a drastically simplified one-pager of #39 to get around my personal technical shortcomings.


Op 740 #39, 1st Version: light, stampy 3/4, 8 sets of 8

Op 740 #39, 1st Version Audio

This is my performance of my one-pager of #39, for which I provide a score. I use only about a third of Czerny’s material and round it off with repeats creating a little rondo. My (shocking) simplification is to use only Czerny’s RH material and use both hands to play it. But having gone that far, I elaborated my LH part to provide melody (a bit of Grieg) and some waltz-comping.

Op 740 #39, 1st Version Score


My default recipe for making a 3/4 duple is to add a beat to each measure. In the case of #39 the recipe is mostly to repeat the first beat. For the long chromatic scales (mm 21-28, etc.) something more sophisticated is needed.


Op 740 #39, 2nd Version: light, relaxed quick march, 32 sets of 8

Op 740 #39 2nd Version Audio

This is my performance of my 1st Version of #39 in 4/4, a beat having been added to each measure. I provide a score where you can see my strategies for the additional beats and the interpolation of cadences to mark off large structures. The extension of each measure gives the music a tenuous, relaxed character (especially with the lengthened chromatic scales).

Op 740 #39 2nd Version Score