By William Alexander, Dr Eddie
A 'conservative radical' is William Alexander Eddie's description of the French virtuoso composer-pianist Charles Valentin Alkan (1813-1888). Judaic tradition, the French baroque and German classicism have been the most impacts on Alkan's musical type, with extra radical musical developments present in the various Esquisses op 63.
This accomplished survey takes as its concentration a stylistic research of Alkan's compositions from the apprentice works to the later 'massed type' etudes; the latter are of substantial size and pianistic trouble. there's additionally attention of Alkan's achievements as pianist and instructor, and the sections on functionality perform in Alkan should be of curiosity to pianists this day. a whole research of Alkan's reception historical past is additionally incorporated and invaluable appendices supply a advisor to additional archival learn. an inventory of works and easy discography entire this new learn of a tremendous French composer.
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Charles Valentin Alkan: His Life and His Music by William Alexander, Dr Eddie