étude

noun
\ ˈā-ˌtüd How to pronounce étude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of étude

1 : a piece of music for the practice of a point of technique
2 : a composition built on a technical motive but played for its artistic value

Examples of étude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So far, Wingfield has released a handful of etudes. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "A soundtrack for our handwashing: D-FW composer offers a funny and creative take on the pandemic," 27 Apr. 2020 After Barker’s tour through the obstacle course of Gubaidulina etudes, Manuel de Falla’s radiant Concerto for harpsichord, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin and cello ended the concert with a carnival of sound. BostonGlobe.com, "With Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the harpsichord definitely isn’t Baroque - The Boston Globe," 22 Oct. 2019 Within minutes, Michael Smith of San Francisco took a seat at the piano in the Garden of Fragrance and began pounding out an etude by Philip Glass. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Friday morning in San Francisco and the sound of pianos blossom," 12 July 2019 Unfortunately, many of the pieces lack the crisp bite of the etudes. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Lavinia Meijer rethinks the typically ornate sound of the harp for a minimalist repertoire," 5 June 2018 Rather like the Ligeti etudes, Beethoven’s towering Sonata No. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Pianist Aimard illuminates works of genius from different musical eras," 7 Mar. 2018 Ligeti wrote three final etudes by 2001, but even without them Aimard’s third collection stands as one of the most authoritative, bracing documents of the works today. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Celebrated Ligeti interpreter Pierre-Laurent Aimard concludes the University of Chicago’s season-long celebration of the 20th-century composer," 23 Feb. 2018 The vast estuaries where abstraction and representation blend, where art-star status and starving-artist street cred commingle, meld and cohere in the show's etudes on charcoal hues, obsidian, tar, gunmetal, fog and silver. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Many shades of gray define new exhibit at Elizabeth Leach Gallery," 7 Jan. 2018 Instead of a sensual explosion, the object of Florent Schmitt's symphonic etude was to conjure the ghostly fear that infuses an eponymous poem by Edgar Allen Poe. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra, guests offer noteworthy Ravel, Prokofiev on late-summer Blossom night (review)," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of étude

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for étude

French, literally, study, from Middle French estude, estudie, from Old French — more at study

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“étude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A9tude. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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