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Napoléon Coste

28 jun 1806 (Le Doubs) - 17 feb 1883 (Paris)
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Napoléon Coste (1805–1883) with one of his Lacôte "floating 7th string" harp guitars, an 18th century arch-cittern, a small terz(?) guitar, and a custom extra-large guitar.

Claude Antoine Jean Georges Napoléon Coste (June 28, 1805 – February 17, 1883) was a French guitarist and composer.

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Biography

Napoléon Coste was born in Amondans (Doubs), France, near Besançon. He was first taught the guitar by his mother, an accomplished player. As a teenager he became a teacher of the instrument and appeared in many concerts in the Franche-Comté. In 1829, at the age of 24, he moved to Paris where he studied under Fernando Sor and quickly established himself as the leading French virtuoso guitarist. However, the demand for guitarists was in decline and, though his brilliance provided financial stability, he failed to find a publisher for his music. As such, he had to fund its publication himself.

Coste broke his arm in 1863 as a result of an accident, which brought his performing career to a premature end. He hired an assistant and continued to teach guitar and composition. After Sor's death, Coste edited and republished Sor's original method for guitar as "Méthode complète pour la Guitare par Ferdinand Sor, rédigée et augmentée [refingered and expanded] de nombreux exemples et leçons par N. Coste".

Coste was a member of the masonic lodge Les Frères Unis Inséparables[1].

Napoléon Coste had a special fondness for playing on a seven-string guitar. He is known as one of the first composers to transcribe guitar music of the 17th century into modern musical notation. He died at age 77 leaving a significant catalogue of original compositions.

List of works

Works Published with Opus Numbers

  • Op. 2 : Variations et Finale...sur un motif favori de la Famille Suisse de Weigl ("Variations and Finale ... on a favorite theme of the Swiss Family Weigl")
  • Op. 3 : 2 Quadrilles de Contredances ("2 Contredance Quadrilles")
  • Op. 4 : Fantasie...Composée sur un motif du « Balle d'Armide » ("Fantasy ... Composed on a Theme from Armida's Ball")
  • Op. 5 : Souvenirs de Flandres ("Memories of Flanders")
  • Op. 6 : Fantaisie de Concert ("Fantasy Concert")
  • Op. 7 : 16 Valses Favorites de Johann Strauss ("16 Waltz Favorites by Johann Strauss")
  • Op. 9 : Divertissement sur « Lucia di Lammermoor » ("Divertissement on [the opera] Lucia di Lammermoor")
  • Op. 10 : Scherzo et Pastorale ("for two guitars")
  • Op. 11 : Grand Caprice
  • Op. 12 : Rondeau de Concert
  • Op. 13 : Caprice sur … La Cachucha PDF
  • Op. 14 : Deuxième Polonaise ("Second Polonaise")
  • Op. 15 : Le Tournoi Fantaisie Chevaleresque ("The Fantasy Chivalry Tournament")
  • Op. 16 : Fantaisie sur deux Motifs de la « Norma » ("Fantasy on Themes from [the opera] Norma")
  • Op. 17 : La Vallée d'Ornans ("The Ornans Valley")
  • Op. 18 : Les Bords du Rhin ("The Banks of the Rhine")
  • Op. 19 : Delfzil ("Delfzil")
  • Op. 19b : La Romanesca
  • Op. 20 : Le Zuyderzée ("The Zuyderzee")
  • Op. 21 : Les Cloches ("The Bells")
  • Op. 22 : Meulan ("Meulan")
  • Op. 23 : Les soirées d'Auteuil ("Evenings in Auteuil")
  • Op. 24 : Grand Solo
  • Op. 27 : Le Passage des Alpes ("The Trail in the Alps")
  • Op. 28b : Fantaisie Symphonique ("Symphonic Fantasy")
  • Op. 29 : La Chasse des Sylphes ("The Hunt of the Sylphes")
  • Op. 30 : Grande Serenade PDF
  • Op. 31 : Le Départ, fantaisie dramatique ("The Departure, Dramatic Fantasy") PDF
  • Op. 33 : Mazurka
  • Op. 38 : 25 Etudes de genre ("25 Typical Études") PDF
  • Op. 39 : Andante et Minuet PDF
  • Op. 41 : Feuilles d'Automne ("Autumn Leaves")
  • Op. 42 : La Ronde de Mai ("May Rondo")
  • Op. 43 : Marche Funèbre et Rondeau ("Funeral March and Rondo")
  • Op. 44 : Andante et Polonaise (Souvenirs du Jura) ("Memories of Jura")
  • Op. 45 : Divagation ("Wandering")
  • Op. 46 : Valse Favorite ("Favorite Waltz") PDF
  • Op. 47 : La Source du Lyson ("The Lyson River Spring")
  • Op. 48 : Quatre Marches
  • Op. 49 : Six Préludes
  • Op. 50 : Adagio et Divertissements PDF
  • Op. 51 : Récréation du Guitariste ("The Guitarist's Break"). Nr. 4; Nr. 6; Nr. 8
  • Op. 52 : Le Livre d'or du Guitariste ("The Guitarist's Visitors' Book"). Nr. 2; Nr. 4; Nr. 5; Nr. 13; Nr. 30
  • Op. 53 : Six Pieces Originales (Reverie, Rondeau, 2 Menuets, Scherzo, & Etude)

Works without Opus Numbers

  • Woo : Meditation de nuit ("Night Meditation")
  • Woo : Andante et Allegro
  • Woo : Divertissement
  • Woo : Introduction et Variations sur un motif de Rossini ("Introduction and Variation on a Theme by Rossini")
  • Woo : Berceuse ("Lullaby")
  • Woo : Kleines Tonstück
  • Woo : Pastorale
  • Woo : Valse en ré majeur ("Waltz in D Major")
  • Woo : Valse en la majeur ("Waltz in A major")
  • Woo : Valse des Roses ("Waltz of the Roses")
  • Woo : "Duetto"

Bibliography

Sources

  • Sadie, S. (ed.) (1980) The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, [vol. #4 ]

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