M544 Week 4 (Week of September 12)

Early Virtuosi.  Alkan (1813–1888); Clara Schumann(1819–1896); Anton Rubinstein (1829–1894)


Alkan: Etudes (op. 35 1848; Op. 39 1857)

Op. 35 no. 5 in F Major (Allegro Barbaro) 
Op. 35 no. 7 in E-flat Major (L’Incendie au village voisin) 
Op. 39 no. 3 (Scherzo Diabolico) 
Op. 39 no. 12 (Le Festin d’Esope)


Schumann :Variations de Concert sur la Cavatine du Pirate de Bellini Op.8(1837)


Rubinstein:      Etude, Op. 23 No. 2 (1849–50)


                        Valse-Caprice (1870)



H.H. Bellamann: “The piano works of C. V. Alkan”; MQ: X/4 1924, pp. 251–262

Larry Sitsky: “Summary Notes for a Study on Alkan,” Studies in Music, Number 8, 1974, pp. 53–81.
Krassimira Jordan: “The Legacy of Anton Rubinstein”; Clavier: 31/10, pp. 24–27

Franck (1822–1890), Faure (1845–1924) and Chaminade (1857–1944)


Franck: Prelude, Choral & Fugue (1884)



Nocturne in E-flat Maj., Op. 36(1884)
Nocturne in D-flat Maj., Op. 63 (1894)
Barcarolle in A minor, Op. 26 (1880)


Chaminade: 6 études de concert, op.35 (1886)

The Etudes are available on IMSLP here.  It is listed a little strangely.  You want to go to the “first edition”, and then click where it says “5 more” to get it to show numbers 2 through 6.   I’ve been making timelines to aid my own listening, and I attach them below, but these timelines are “provisional”–they’re not yet fully-developed.

I. Scherzo in C major: Allegro
II. Automne in D-flat major: Lento
III. Fileuse in E major: Allegro
IV. Etude in C Minor: Appassionato
V. Impromptu in F major: Andante
VI. Tarantelle in D major: Allegro vivace


Reading: Demuth: French Piano Music, Chapters on Franck (pp. 41–59) and Faure (pp. 78–89). 

John Jerrould: “Piano Music of Cécile Chaminade,” American Music Teacher, January 1988, Vol. 37, No. 3 (January 1988), pp. 22-23, 46