Welcome to the first GET IN SHAPE Piano Play-Along! with L’avalanche, Op. 45, No. 2 , by Stephen Heller (1813-1888). For more information on this play-along and how to get started, click HERE. You may join in anytime and reply with comments even after June 15, the day we all chime in with our thoughts about this gem.
A little discussion-starter here to get us going…..
This particular etude is probably Heller’s most popular from his sets of etudes — Ops. 45, 46, and 47, which all stem from the year 1866 when he was at the height of his career. His etudes are actually character pieces at the intermediate level and students love to play this one because of its high energy and showy style. Most of Heller’s etudes bear titles, though it is unlikely Heller supplied them. Generally, publishers added them at the time of publication. Read More