Charles Valentin Alkan: His Life and His Music

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2007 - Music - 282 pages
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A 'conservative radical' is William Alexander Eddie's description of the French virtuoso composerpianist Charles Valentin Alkan (18131888). Judaic culture, the French baroque and German classicism were the main influences on Alkan's musical style, with more radical musical tendencies found in many of the "Esquisses op63." This comprehensive survey takes as its focus a stylistic analysis of Alkan's compositions from the apprentice works to the later 'massed style' etudes; the latter are of considerable length and pianistic difficulty. There is also consideration of Alkan's achievements as pianist and teacher, and the sections on performance practice in Alkan will be of interest to pianists today. A full investigation of Alkan's reception history is also included and useful appendices provide a guide to further archival research. A list of works and basic discography complete this new study of an important French composer.
 

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Contents

1 Alkan The Historical and Social Background
1
2 Apprentice Works
27
3 Development of a Personal Voice
39
4 Études
53
5 Sonata Types for Piano
77
6 Morceaux Caracteristiques
93
7 The Esquisses
121
8 Arrangements and Cadenzas
131
12 Reception
173
13 Performance Practice
199
14 Epilogue
215
Notes to Chapters
219
Bibliography
237
Archival Sources
245
List of Works
247
A Basic Alkan Discography
255

9 Organ and Pédalier Music
143
10 Piano and Strings
157
11 Miscellaneous Compositions
167

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