The focus of this paper is an examination of Charles Valentin Alkan's pianistic mannerisms evident in his Recueil de Chants, with the purpose of presenting as an introduction to Alkan's miniatures, of which there are many. The works usually associated with Alkan are his substantially larger pieces which can be intimidating for the pianist who is unfamiliar with his music. Although challenging as well, the Chants are brief pieces and easier than these larger-scale works. In addition, the influence of Felix Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words on the Chants will be highlighted. It is interesting to note that the titles of both composers' works were inspired by the vocal genre.
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|Commitee:||Anglin, David, Waites, Althea|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Bob Cole Conservatory of Music|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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