Jaromír Weinberger was born in Prague, and fled his native country for America in 1939. In his Étude
in G major the composer incorporates a Polish patriotic hymn of the nineteenth century, Z dymem pozarów
(‘From the smoke of fires’), and provides the pianist with an extraordinary tour de force. The same melody was used by Edward Elgar in his symphonic prelude Polonia
, dedicated to Paderewski during World War I.
from notes by Joseph A Herter © 2011