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Branle by Jean Babtiste Besard

Branle by Jean Babtiste Besard (1567-1617) Although Jean Babtiste Besard was born to a family of some means and noble lineage, he led an extremely active life as a lutenist, composer, teacher, lawyer and medical doctor. His noteworthy treatise on playing the lute, entitled De modo, was included in both of these collections. John Dowland’s …

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Study in A Minor by Napoleon Coste

Study in A Minor by Napoleon Coste Napoleon is french and is a major figure in guitar composition of the mid-nineteenth century. Napoleon was taught by his mother at a very early age. Napoleon later became Fernando sor’s student and quickly established himself as the leading French virtuoso guitarist. Napoleon is the first composer to …

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Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy

Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Level Beginner Claude-Achille Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music. The Suite bergamasque is one of the most famous piano suites by Claude Debussy. Debussy commenced the suite in 1890 at …

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Opus 24 No 1 Mazurka by Frederic Chopin

Opus 24 No 1 Mazurka by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher of French–Polish parentage. A great masters of Romantic music and has been called “the poet of the piano”. He supported himself as a composer and piano teacher, giving few public performances. For most of …

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Gymnopedie No 1 by Erik Satie

Gymnopedie No 1 by Erik Satie (1866-1925) Time 2:10 Written in 1888, the 3 piano pieces entitled Trois Gymnopedies are probably French composer Erik Satie’s most famous work. Gymnopedies named after the Gymnopaidiai festival of ancient Sparta. These short, atmospheric pieces are written in 3/4 time, with each sharing a common theme and structure. Collectively, …

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Pie Jesu by Gabriel Faure

Pie Jesu by Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) Cantique de Jean Racine (Op. 11) is a work for mixed chorus and piano or organ by Gabriel Fauré. Written by the nineteen year old composer in 1864-5, the piece won Fauré the first prize when he graduated from the École Niedermeyer and was first performed the following year …

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Study 3 in C by Napoleon Coste

Study in C by Napoleon Coste Grade 1- Beginner Napoleon is french and is a major figure in guitar composition of the mid-nineteenth century. Napoleon was taught by his mother at a very early age. Napoleon later became Fernando sor’s student and quickly established himself as the leading French virtuoso guitarist. Napoleon is the first …

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Study in G Major by Napoleon Coste

Study in G Major by Napoleon Coste (1806-1883) Grade 2 Early Intermediate Napoleon is french and is a major figure in guitar composition of the mid-nineteenth century. Napoleon was taught by his mother at a very early age. Napoleon later became Fernando sor’s student and quickly established himself as the leading French virtuoso guitarist. Napoleon …

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Study 2 in C Major by Napoleon Coste

Estudio by Napoleon Coste (1805 – 1883) Time 0:24 Napoleon is french and is a major figure in guitar composition of the mid-nineteenth century. Napoleon was taught by his mother at a very early age. Napoleon later became Fernando sor’s student and quickly established himself as the leading French virtuoso guitarist. Napoleon is the first …

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Study in C by Napoleon Coste

Study by Napoleon Coste (1805 – 1883) Napoleon is french and is a major figure in guitar composition of the mid-nineteenth century. Napoleon was taught by his mother at a very early age. Napoleon later became Fernando sor’s student and quickly established himself as the leading French virtuoso guitarist. Napoleon is the first composer to …

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