Esquisses, Op.63 (Alkan, Charles-Valentin)

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Editor Elie Miriam Delaborde (1839-1913)
Isidor Philipp (1863-1958)
Publisher. Info. Paris: Simon Richault, n.d. [1861]. Plate 13476.R.
Reissue (edited) - Paris: Costallat & Cie., n.d.(ca.1910).
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La Vision (No.1)
Les Cloches (No.4)
Barcarolette (No.12)
Moruori te salutant (No.21)
Notturnino-Innamorato (No.43)
La premier billet doux (No.46)

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Work Title Esquisses
Alternative. Title 49 motifs
Composer Alkan, Charles-Valentin
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.63
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 49 pieces in 4 suites:
  • Première suite
1. La Vision
2. Le Staccatissimo
3. Le Legatissimo
4. Les Cloches
5. Les Initites
6. Fuguette
7. Le Frisson
8. Pseudo-Naivete
9. Confidence
10. Increpatio
11. Les Soupirs
12. Barcarollette
  • Deuxième suite
13. Ressouvenir
14. Duettino
15. Tutti de Concerto
16. Fantaisie
17. Petit Prelude a Trois
18. Liedchen
19. Graces
20. Petite Marche Villageoise
21. Morituri te Salutant
22. Innocenzia
23. L'Homme aux Sabots
24. Contredanse
  • Troisième suite
25. La Pousuite
26. Petit Air
27. Rigaudon
28. Inflexibilite
29. Delire
30. Petit Air Dolent
31. Debut de Quatuor
32. Minuettino
33. Fais Dodo
34. Odi Profanum Vulgus et Arceo: Favete Linguis
35. Musique Militaire
36. Toccatina
  • Quatrième suite
37. Scherzettino
38. Le Ciel vous soit Toujours Prospere!
39. Heraclite et Democrite
40. Attendez-moi sur l'orme
41. Les Enharmoniques
42. Petit Air a 5 Voix
43. Notturnino-Innamorato
44. Transports
45. Les Diablotins
46. Le Premier Billet Doux
47. Scherzetto
48. En Songe
49. Laus Deo
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
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Piano
External Links Hyperion Records

Misc. Comments

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.