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John Schneiderman

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NAPOLÉON COSTE (1805-1883)
1. Le Zuyderzée: Ballade, Op. 20
2. Les Cloches: Fugue, Op. 21
3. Rondeau
4. Meulan, Op. 22
5. Les Soirées de'Auteuil: Sérénade, Op. 23
6. Scherzo
7. La Vallée d' Ornans: Cantabile, Op. 17
8. Les Montagnards: Rondo
9. Les Bords du Rhin: Valse, Op. 18
10. Delfzil, Scherzo, Op. 19
11. Etude
Récréation du Guitariste, Op. 51
12. Barcarolle
13. Marche
14. Rondoletto
15. Andantino
16. Valse
17. Rondeau
18. Menuet
19. Valse
20. Chasse
21. Mélancolie
22. Rondeau
23. Andante Menuet
24. Pas Redoubl
25. Barcarolle

Napoléon Coste was arguably the most important guitar composer France has ever porduced.  Together with his contemporaries, Johann Kasper Mertz and Giulio Regondi, his music epitomized the romantic guitar style that followed the "golden age" of Sor, Aguado, and Giuliani.  He was also perhaps the first guitarist to express an interest in earlier eras by resurrecting music by Loius XIV's court guitarist, Robert de Visée.   He experimented with hybrid instruments in an attempt to increase the guitar's range.  In fact, much of Coste's music was written for a guitar with an extra seventh string tuned to low D, meaning that his music is often played today in an altered state.  This recording presents it the way it was intended to be performed. - Peter Danner

7-string guitar by Tim Laughlin.

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