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Lefébure-Wély

Discussion in 'Repertoire' started by pianoman342, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. pianoman342

    pianoman342 Member Piano Society Artist

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    Lefébure-Wély was a composer of the mid-19th century who studied at the Paris Conservatoire under François Benoist (who also taught Camille St. Saens, Georges Bizet and Cesar Franck). His music, surely by no coincidence, sounds alike to the music written by Benoist's pupils.

    To give you an idea of his writing style, here is a nocturne he wrote. Played by youtube pianist Phillip Sear:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqhMjupyBoo

    And an Organ Offertoire by youtube organist Drajan Trajer:

    http://youtu.be/vjAwW8V1ioc
     
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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist

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    Good old Sear, the pianist encyclopaedia. He must have played everything that was ever written for the piano.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    I hope he never comes here to PS. We admins would NEVER finish processing his recordings! (I'd probably quit...)
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    If it's obscure, short, inconsequential and relatively easy, he's played it for sure. A very decent player, though not one to send shivers down your spine.
     
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    Indeed, he seems guilty of playing mostly (or perhaps only) shorter works. He should try tackling Goyescas :D I found an article he wrote recently. He writes:

    "Although I do present some complete sets of pieces on single videos, I usually cherry-pick the best pieces out of suites or other collections posted under a single opus number."

    full text here

    http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2012/Apr12/Sear.htm#ixzz22m5YpkZ4
     

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