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Definition of Etude

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piece of music intended for practice of a particular technique
Etude Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
A study; an exercise; a piece for practice of some special point of technical execution.
  
(n.)
A composition in the fine arts which is intended, or may serve, for a study.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a short composition for a solo instrument; intended as an exercise or to demonstrate technical virtuosity
(hypernym) musical composition, opus, composition, piece, piece of music
Etude Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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An étude (; , a French word meaning study) is an instrumental musical composition, usually short, of considerable difficulty, and designed to provide practice material for perfecting a particular musical 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. Études written in the 20th century include those related to traditional ones (György Ligeti), those that require wholly unorthodox technique (John Cage), and ones that are unusually easy to play.

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