The Heller Studies combine technical considerations with inspired musical content, and are the best introduction to the music of the Romantic era. They will stimulate and motivate students to learn the pianistic technique, harmony, rhythm, and expressive character of the Romantic style. These pieces should be learned before attempting the great works of Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, and Mendelssohn. Heller himself thought of his etudes as preparation for the Chopin etudes, and we know that Chopin taught the works of Heller to his students.
The twelve selected etudes in this book have been taken from Heller's Studies, Opp. 45, 46, and 47. These etudes are among the most important works that Heller composed. In these appealing pieces the composer was not interested in writing mere mechanical “finger exercises” (one thinks of Czerny), but rather he wanted to bring together in his etudes both pedagogical value and highly expressive musical content.
These monothematic pieces have a simple and intimate character, which makes them relatively easy to read and memorize. They should be learned along with the two volumes of Intermediate Level Finger Exercises. Students will gain a strong sense of accomplishment as they develop their technique and musical expressiveness together at the same time. This approach is highly recommended.