Charles Valentin Alkan: His Life And His Music by William Alexander EddieCharles Valentin Alkan: His Life And His Music by William Alexander Eddie

Charles Valentin Alkan: His Life And His Music

byWilliam Alexander Eddie

Hardcover | June 28, 2007

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A 'conservative radical' is William Alexander Eddie's description of the French virtuoso composer-pianist Charles Valentin Alkan (1813-1888). 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 op 63. 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.
William Alexander Eddie is an Associate Lecturer in Music for The Open University and for Edinburgh University (Continuing Education). He is a pianist and accompanist and is Senior Examiner in Music for London College of Music.
Title:Charles Valentin Alkan: His Life And His MusicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:June 28, 2007Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:184014260X

ISBN - 13:9781840142600

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Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Alkan - the historical and social background; Apprentice works; Development of a personal voice; Etudes; Sonata types for piano; Morceaux caracteristiques; The Esquisses; Arrangements and cadenzas; Organ and p¿lier music; Piano and strings; Miscellaneous compositions; Reception; Performance practice; Epilogue; Notes to chapters; Bibliography; Archival sources; List of works; A basic Alkan discography; Indexes.