Etudes 101 | The Kreutzer Sessions Nos 1-4 (April 2021)

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Recordings are available in your account for 30 days from purchase date (or 30 days from class date if you attended live).

During the spring/summer season 2021 of Etudes 101, Gwendolyn embarks on first of three 12-week cycles through Rodolphe Kreutzer's Etudes. Visiting each etude in chronological order, Gwendolyn invites one of The Exhale faculty's violinists (or violists) to join for a lively exploration of one etude a week. Reference to the order of the etudes (these differ amongst the myriad editions in circulation) is made by way of the first edition. Publisher info: Paris: Cherubini, Mehul, Kreutzer, Rode, Isouard, Boieldieu, n.d.(1805). This can be found, for example, on IMSLP.

7th April: No 1

This week's invited guest Peter Sheppard Skærved writes: ‘I am always fascinated to see where a composer ‘sets out’, where they, and we can begin together. Kreutzer begins with the voice – his first caprice explores the singing line and its features – reminding us that Kreutzer and his circle revered the work of Giuseppe Tartini, whose motto was ‘to play well, you must sing well’. So, let’s explore the violin-as-voice together, instrument in hand!’

14th April: No 2

This week's invited guest Diane Daly writes: ‘The repetitive nature of etudes means people tend to switch off and play on automatic mode. So I really look forward to explaining how I find ways to bring No. 2 to life, latching onto the harmony to create shapes that make it fun and interesting to spend time with.’

21st April: No 3

Invited guest is Cecilia Bercovich. She writes: ‘This will be a session of high brain activity involving numbers, intervals, history and self-perception unlocked and enabled by Kreutzer’s treasures.’

28th April: No 4

Invited guest is Cecilia Bercovich. She writes: ‘Developing staccato as a fundamental tool for precision while keeping relaxed hands, combining legato, intonation and bow distribution. Yes, it is possible!’

Concomitant to Gwendolyn’s Scales Flow, this weekly 30-minute get-together highlights some of the violin repertoire’s best-known Exercises, Etudes and Caprices. Each week’s focus is on a new example of the staple repertoire. Gwendolyn explores ways to achieve better results from daily practice by revisiting the foundations of playing. Gwendolyn offers preliminary exercises, explanations and achievable goals, injecting meaning and impact to what is oftentimes considered the most dull and dreary moment of any practice.

These sessions are interactive. There will always be time for you to ask questions. These are all-levels sessions, suitable for intermediate and advanced players.


Classes held via zoom, limited to small numbers. This event has multiple classes. Missed a class? You can still purchase a ticket to access the recording.

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All sessions: €40.00 Individual sessions: €10.00

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