Charles Valentin Alkan: His Life and His Music

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2007 - Music - 270 pages
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This comprehensive survey takes as its focus a stylistic analysis of the music of the French composer and virtuoso pianist Charles Valentin Alkan (1813-1888). There is also consideration of Alkan the performer, and on issues of performance practice in relation to his music, and on its reception history. Useful appendices provide a guide to archival sources for further research, a list of works and a basic discography.
  

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Contents

Apprentice Works
27
Etudes
53
Sonata Types for Piano
77
Morceaux Caracteristiques
93
The Esquisses
121
Organ and Pédalier Music
143
Piano and Strings
157
Reception
173
Performance Practice
199
Epilogue
215
Bibliography
237
A Basic Alkan Discography
255
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William Alexander Eddie is an Associate Lecturer in Music for The Open University and for Edinburgh University (Continuing Education).

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