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Les oeuvres pour harmonium

By Francois Clement Theodore Dubois

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Les oeuvres pour harmonium composed by Francois Clement Theodore Dubois (1837-1924). Edited by Yannick Merlin. For harmonium. This edition: spiral-bound. Classical. (4/8) moderate. Score. 48 pages. Published by Editions Delatour France (D2.DLT1518).

ISBN 979-0-56017-956-8. Classical. 21 x 29.7 cm inches.

Ne de l'imagination des facteurs d'instruments de la premiere partie du XIXe siecle (J. Napoleon Fourneaux, A. Francois Debain, etc.), l'orgue expressif, ou harmonium1, objet d'incessantes recherches, est constamment perfectionne dans la seconde partie du siecle par A. F. Debain, Jacob Alexandre, Victor, Charles, Auguste et Alphonse Mustel ainsi que tous les facteurs francais, qui construisent des instruments a la facture tres soignee. Employe au temple, l'instrument nouveau est surtout tres en vogue dans les salons, ou il rivalise avec le piano. Cet engouement atteint son apogee dans les annees 1855-1870 et suscite une abondante litterature, composee tant de pieces originales que de transcriptions des grands maitres et surtout d'operas a la mode. Theodore Dubois a beaucoup compose pour l'instrument, notamment deux volumes de pieces pour harmonium ou orgue (publies respectivement en 1889 et 1926). Nous reunissons ici les pieces de Theodore Dubois destinees exclusivement a l'harmonium et publiees separement.

Born from the imagination of instrumental builders in the first half of the nineteenth century (J. Napoleon Fourneaux, A. Francois Debain, etc.), the expressive organ, or the harmonium2, an object of endless research, was constantly undergoing improvements in the second half of the century by A. F. Debain, Jacob Alexandre, Victor, Charles, Auguste and Alphonse Mustel, as well as the French builders, who were constructing instruments with a great deal of care. Used in churches, this new instrument was especially very fashionable in people's homes, where it rivaled with the piano. This passion reached its peak in the years 1855-1870 and inspired an abundant literature, made up of as many original pieces as of transcriptions of great masters and especially of popular operas. Theodore Dubois composed a great deal for the instrument, notably of two volumes of pieces for the harmonium or the organ (published respectively in 1889 and 1926). We have collected here Theodore Dubois's pieces destined exclusively for the harmonium and published separately.