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Six Pièces
composer
circa 1848; published 'in aid of the poor'

Recordings
'Spohr & Onslow: Piano Sonatas' (CDA67947)
Spohr & Onslow: Piano Sonatas
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No 1: Andantino in E flat major
No 2: Andante quasi Allegretto in A major
No 3: Allegro con moto in A flat major
No 4: Allegretto molto espressivo in B flat minor
No 5: Allegretto cantabile in E major
No 6: Andantino molto cantabile in E major

Six Pièces
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The Six Pièces, published ‘in aid of the poor’ (Onslow was well known for his charitable work), date from the late 1840s, by which time he had been elected only the second honorary member of the Philharmonic Society of London (after Mendelssohn), and to the chair of the Institut de France, in preference to Berlioz! Destined for the amateur domestic market, these unassuming pieces are Onslow’s response to Mendelssohn’s hugely popular Songs without words. While most of them mine a vein of gentle, fireside sentimentality, No 4, in B flat minor, is an exquisitely tender valse triste that on a ‘blind’ test might easily be mistaken for Schubert.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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