French Piano Music

French Piano Music

French Piano Music

French Piano Music

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This series of essays consists of a collection of studies originally written for the Revue musicale in the course of recent years. A second series will be devoted to the works of Saint-Saëns, Vincent d'Indy, Maurice Ravel, and others whose names cannot be excluded from a discussion of the leading pianistic influences of the French School.

I hope that the reader of the pages that follow will bear in mind the motive which prompted me to write them. These studies are, first and foremost, the notes of a pianist wishing to share his impressions, and to create in the listener a state of mental receptivity similar to his own. They aim not so much at a rigid musical analysis or discussion of the aesthetic question as at the expression of the poetical quality of the works concerned.

My purpose will be amply achieved if the reading of these commentaries stimulates some lovers of piano music to share my admiration for the wide variety of profound, lyrical, or picturesque compositions in which the creative genius of the musicians of our race has revealed itself, and which, as a whole, reflects one of the supreme moments in the musical history of France.

A. C.

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