All of us(hopefully) loves Chopin`s etudes. And many of us think they are the best etudes for piano ever made. And I also think that is the general oppinion, because they focus on one technic at the same time as they are wonderfull music.
I have always belived that there was something that separated the Chopin eudes from other etudes and that was that they was the first musical etudes. I have always belived this. If you go to http://www.pianosociety.com/index.php?id=37 you will read that Chopin was the true inventor of the etudes de concert. But is this really true?
Chopin`s etudes opus 10 was written a round 1830. and before that etudes where like Czerny`s etudes. Wich can look like Chopin`s etudes when you look at the sheetmusic but they have nothing to do with music when you play them. They are just technical exercises.
As written before I have always belived that Chopin`s etudes was the first musical etudes, but then I heard about Schumann`s paganini etudes opus 3.(I don`t when they where composed) and it is difficult for me to belive that Schumann`s opus 3 was written after Chopin`s opus 10.
So my question to you is: Was Chopin the first composer who wrote etudes of musical value a.k.a etudes de concerte?