|Genre Categories||; ; ;|
|Alternative. Title||49 motifs|
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.||Op.63|
|Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's||49 pieces in 4 suites:
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1847-61|
|First Publication.||1861 – Paris: Simon Richault|
|Copyright Information||Publication noted in the Bibliographie de la France |
(2d Series, Vol.5, No.21, 25 May 1861, p.261, reg. no.1171).
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Romantic|
Alkan's Esquisses were composed over a long span of time. See W.A. Eddie, "Charles Valentin Alkan: His Life...", chapter 7. To quote Misha Donat (in the Hyperion Records notes above) - "One of the numbers in the third Book, Délire, was probably the first to come into existence: it exists in a previous version (in D major, rather than the E major of its final form) dated as early as October 1847." The set of 49 was gathered -as a set-, according to Eddie, in 1861 and published in that year, but the individual pieces have a much longer genesis.