French Piano Music

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Re: French Piano Music #

Post by 4candles » Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:30 pm

musiclife217 wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:14 am
4candles wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:50 am
Hi

Does anyone have Alexandre Goria's etude 'Le Trille', Op. 72 I think?

Thanks
4c
happy to finally meet this request and move closer to completing Goria's Op. 72.

Goria, Alexandre - Op. 72 No. 11 - Etude - Le Trille

Goria, Alexandre-Op. 72 No. 11-Etude (Le Trille).pdf
Thanks so much for this musiclife217 (and also to you Jim)! Great to see this has been unearthed. Good to know about the other pieces too.

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by 4candles » Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:32 pm

musiclife217 wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:18 am
this composer does not even have an IMSLP page!

Billet, Alexandre - Op. 57 - Etude de Trille - Le Rossignol

Billet, Alexandre-Op. 57-Etude de Trille-Le Rossignol.pdf
Also very pleased to see some Billet here. Seems to have been one of the many touring virtuosi of the time. I think he spent time in Moscow and Geneva and was the only musician of the time that I can find who performed the elusive Sonate, Op.15 by its elusive author Antonin d'Argenton.

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by Jean-Séb » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:56 pm

For those who read French, here is a bit more about Alexandre Billet :

From a musical gazette of 1845
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https://archive.org/details/revueetgaze ... ri/page/86

From Berlioz's pen in Journal des Débats, also in 1845 :
M. Alexandre Billet nous était connu de nom seulement ; il a longtemps professé le piano à Genève, où Liszt l’avait attiré ; il s’était depuis deux ans établi à Lyon, il fit il y a quelques années un voyage en Russie, et le désir de se produire à Paris l’a enfin amené à donner un grand concert avec orchestre au Théatre-Italien. Il joue du piano en maître, et sait on ne peut mieux interpréter les maîtres. Le concerto de Beethoven, cette grande œuvre dont l’adagio est au niveau de ce que l’auteur a écrit de plus délicieux et de plus beau ; le concerto de Weber, composition admirable de variété, de grâce et de verve, ont successivement mis en lumière les hautes qualités musicales et le savant mécanisme de M. Billet ; il ne cherche point à substituer son sentiment propre à celui de l’auteur, il se contente de comprendre à fond la pensée dont il s’est fait l’interprète et à la reproduire vivante et intacte. Il ne s’empare pas de vive force du compositeur, mais il se donne à lui doigts et âme. Sa propre musique, d’ailleurs, est bien faite ; on a justement applaudi plusieurs de ses études, et ce concert donne évidemment à M. Billet une place élevée parmi les grands talens de l’époque, place qu’il a dignement conquise et qu’il saura conserver.
http://www.hberlioz.com/feuilletons/debats450416.htm
Alexandre-Philippe Billet (Saint-Pétersbourg, 4 mars 1817 – Genève ?), pianiste et compositeur. Il étudia au Conservatoire de Paris, où il obtint un 2nd prix de piano en 1835. En juin 1836, il s’installa à Genève, où il enseigna le piano au Conservatoire, du 16 mars 1836 au 16 juillet 1839, tout en composant des œuvres pour son instrument. En 1841, il visita l’Italie et publia chez Ricordi quelques-unes de ses compositions. Le 31 mars 1842, il participa au concert à Lyon de Sigismond Thalberg, avec lequel il joua à deux pianos un grand duo de Thalberg sur les motifs de la Norma. Il enseigna l’harmonie pratique au Conservatoire de Genève de 1er septembre 1859 au 1er février 1864. Entre ses deux appointements au Conservatoire de Genève, de 1848 à 1858, Alexandre Billet s’installa à Londres, où il donna de nombreux concerts qui furent très courus. Il donna en 1850 et 1851 une série de trois concerts et à partir de 1852 une série de six concerts de musique classique pour le piano, programmant des œuvres majeurs de compositeurs négligés tels que Haendel, Dussek et Clémenti. C’est lui qui joua pour la première fois en Angleterre la sonate pour piano op. 106 « Hammerklavier » de Beethoven au St. Martin’s Hall de Londres, le 24 mai 1850, et la sonate en si bémol mineur de Chopin en 1852.
http://ernestreyer.com/personnes/billet ... -philippe/

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by 4candles » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:25 pm

Thanks for this extra information Jean-Séb!

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by Timtin » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:45 pm

I thought Mr Google might like to try translating the above French text. It's not great English!


M. Alexandre Billet was known to us by name only; he has long professed piano at Geneva, where Liszt had drawn him; he had been
living in Lyon for two years, and a few years ago he went to Russia, and the desire to perform in Paris finally led him to give a
great concert with an orchestra at the Theater-Italien. He plays the piano as master, and knows how to interpret the masters better.
Beethoven's concerto, this great work of which the adagio is at the level of what the author has written more delicious and more
beautiful; Weber's concerto, an admirable composition of variety, grace, and verve, has successively brought to light M. Billet's
high musical qualities and his clever mechanics; he does not seek to substitute his own feeling for that of the author; he is
content to understand thoroughly the thought of which he has interpreted himself and to reproduce it alive and intact. He does not
take hold of the composer's force, but he gives himself to him, fingers and soul. His own music, by the way, is well done; many of
his studies have been applauded, and this concert obviously gives M. Billet a high place among the great talents of the time, a
place which he has worthily conquered and which he will be able to preserve.


Alexandre-Philippe Billet (St. Petersburg, March 4, 1817 - Geneva?), Pianist and composer. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris,
where he obtained a 2nd piano prize in 1835. In June 1836, he moved to Geneva, where he taught piano at the Conservatoire, from
March 16, 1836 to July 16, 1839, while composing music. works for his instrument. In 1841 he visited Italy and published some of
Ricordi's compositions. On March 31, 1842, he participated in the concert in Lyon of Sigismond Thalberg, with whom he played two
pianos a large duo of Thalberg on the grounds of Norma. He taught practical harmony at the Geneva Conservatory from September 1,
1859 to February 1, 1864. Between his two appointments at the Geneva Conservatory from 1848 to 1858, Alexandre Billet settled in
London, where he gave many concerts which were very accrued. He gave in 1850 and 1851 a series of three concerts and from 1852 a
series of six concerts of classical music for the piano, programming major works of neglected composers such as Handel, Dussek and
Clémenti. It was he who played for the first time in England the sonata for piano op. 106 Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" at London's
St. Martin's Hall, May 24, 1850, and Chopin's Sonata in B flat minor in 1852.

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by musiclife217 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:01 am

this composer does have an IMSLP page, but I do not see this number!

Something to add to the Tarantella collection, perhaps...

Lebierre, Olivier - Op. 62 - Tarantella
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Re: French Piano Music

Post by Jim Faston » Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:56 am

Nice find. Here are musiclife217's JPGs converted to PDF with minor cleanup.
Lebierre_Tarantella, Op.62.pdf
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Re: French Piano Music

Post by Jean-Séb » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:18 pm

Thanks to both of you.

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by musiclife217 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:42 am

Jean-Séb wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:18 pm
Thanks to both of you.
Thank you, all, enjoy!

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by besmart » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:14 pm

Hello,

Does anyone have and could share the Ravel Piece de Forme Habanera for solo piano?

Thanks.

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