Album leaf

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Album leaf is the title of numerous minor compositions by a wide variety of classical composers. It also appears in the French version, Feuille d'album or Feuillet d'album; the German version Albumblatt (pl. Albumblätter); the Russian version Листок из альбома (pl. Листки из альбома); the Spanish and Latin-American versions Hoja de álbum; and other languages.

Many of these pieces are for piano solo, but the title has also been used for other instrumental pieces in the salon music genre, and for vocal pieces. They tend to be short, pleasant, and not particularly demanding on the performer. There is no standard form or structure; the title Album leaf is quite arbitrary, and these pieces could just as easily have been called Prelude, Impromptu, Romance, Humoresque or other names.

Originally, the term "Album leaf" was used for pieces written in dedication to a friend or admirer, to be inserted into their album or autograph book, and not intended for publication. It later lost any association with a particular dedicatee.[1]

List of Album leaves[edit]

The following pieces are for piano solo unless otherwise indicated.

  • Joachim Andersen:
    • Albumblatt, Op, 19
  • Béla Bartók:
    • Albumblatt (Andante) in A major, violin and piano
  • Friedrich Baumfelder:
    • Feuille d'Album, Op. 51 (1854)
    • Albumblätter: Drei Präludienartige Stücke für Piano, Op. 175 (1850)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven:
  • Hector Berlioz:
    • Feuillets d'album, Op. 19 (1850) - 6 songs (Zaide; Les champs; Chant des chemins de fer; Prière du matin; La belle Isabau; Le chasseur danois)
  • Georges Bizet:
    • Feuilles d'album (1866) - 6 songs (À une fleur (de Musset), Adieux à Suzon (de Musset), Sonnet (Ronsard), Guitare (Hugo), Rose d'amour (Millevoye), Le grillon (Lamartine))
  • August de Boeck:
    • Feuillet d'album for viola and piano (c. 1892)
  • Johannes Brahms:
    • Albumblatt (1853)[2]
  • Louis Brassin:
    • Feuillet d'album
  • Ignaz Brüll:
    • 7 Albumblätter, Op.33 (undated; c.1880)[3]
  • August Bungert:
    • Album leaf (1885)[4]
  • Ferruccio Busoni:
    • Albumblatt in E minor, for flute (or muted violin) and piano (1916)
    • Albumblatt in E minor, for piano (1917)
  • André Caplet:
    • Feuillets d'album, 1901, flute and piano
  • Emmanuel Chabrier:
    • Feuillet d'album
  • Cécile Chaminade:
    • 6 Feuillets d'album, Op. 98: (Promenade; Scherzetto; Élégie; Valse arabesque; Chanson russe; Rondo allegre) (1900)
  • Carlos Chávez:
    • Feuille d'album, for guitar (1974)
  • Frédéric Chopin:
    • Album Leaf (Moderato) in E major, B. 151
  • Ernő Dohnányi:
    • Albumblatt (1899)
  • Antonín Dvořák:[5]
    • 4 Album leaves, B. 109 (1880)
    • Album leaf, B. 158 (1888)
  • Gabrielle Ferrari:
    • Feuilles d'album, Op. 76
  • Zdeněk Fibich:
    • 5 Feuillets d'album, Op. 2
  • Wilhelm Fitzenhagen:
    • Album Leaf, Op, 26, for cello and piano
  • Niels Gade:
    • Albumsblade (1852)
    • Albumblad in C major (1860)
  • Sir Edward German:
    • Album Leaf (1892)
    • Album Leaf (violin and piano)
  • Alexander Glazunov:
    • Albumblatt for trumpet and piano (1899)
  • Reinhold Glière:
    • 12 Album Leaves for cello and piano, Op. 51 (1910)[6]
  • Mikhail Goldstein:
    • "Albumblatt (Листок из Альбома) by Glazunov", a musical hoax
  • Edvard Grieg:
    • 4 Album Leaves, Op. 28
    • Album Leaf (1878)
    • Album Leaf, No. 2 from Lyric Pieces, Book IV, Op. 47
    • Album Leaf, Opus 12, N 7 (Lyric Pieces)
  • Friedrich Grützmacher:
    • Albumblatt, Op. 66 (1897)[7]
  • Stephen Heller:
    • Feuillet d'album, Op. 118/2
    • 3 Feuillets d'album, Op. 157
  • Bertold Hummel:
    • Albumblatt for viola and piano, Op. 87a (1897)
  • Engelbert Humperdinck:
    • Albumblatt in F major, for violin and piano (1910)[8]
  • Salomon Jadassohn:
    • Albumblatt, Op. 7 (1862)
    • Albumblatt, Op. 39 (1872)
    • 5 Albumblätter, Op. 63 (1881)[9]
    • Albumblatt, unpublished (1881)
  • Friedrich Kiel:
    • Albumblatt
  • Theodor Kirchner:
    • Albumleaves, Op. 7
    • New Album Leaves: 2 Character Pieces, Op. 49
    • Albumblätter (Neue Folge), Op. 80
    • Albumblatt for Violin and Piano
  • Conradin Kreutzer:
    • Album Leaf (1882)[10]
  • Lowell Liebermann
    • Album Leaf Op. 66 for cello and piano (1999)
  • Franz Liszt:
    • S.158c, Adagio in C major (Dante Sonata Albumleaf) (1844–45)
    • S.163a/1, Album Leaf in F sharp minor (1828)
    • S.163b, Album-Leaf (Ah vous dirai-je, maman) (1833)
    • S.163c, Album-Leaf in C minor (Pressburg) (1839)
    • S.163d, Album-Leaf in E major (Leipzig) (1840)
    • S.164, Feuille d'album No. 1 (1840)
    • S.164a, Album Leaf in E major (Vienna) (1840)
    • S.164b, Album Leaf in E flat (Leipzig) (1840)
    • S.164c, Album-Leaf: Exeter Preludio (1841)
    • S.164d, Album-Leaf in E major (Detmold) (1840)
    • S.164e, Album-Leaf: Magyar (1841)
    • S.164f, Album-Leaf in A minor (Rákóczi-Marsch) (1841)
    • S.164g, Album-Leaf: Berlin Preludio (1842)
    • S.165, Feuille d'album in A flat (1841)
    • S.166, Albumblatt in waltz form (1841)
    • S.166a, Album Leaf in E major (1843)
    • S.166b, Album-Leaf in A flat (Portugal) (1844)
    • S.166c, Album-Leaf in A flat (1844)
    • S.166d, Album-Leaf: Lyon prélude (1844)
    • S.166e, Album-Leaf: Prélude omnitonique (1844)
    • S.166f, Album-Leaf: Braunschweig preludio (1844)
    • S.166g, Album-Leaf: Serenade (1840–49)
    • S.166h, Album-Leaf: Andante religioso (1846)
    • S.166k, Album Leaf in A major: Friska (ca. 1846-49)
    • S.166m-n, Albumblätter für Prinzessin Marie von Sayn-Wittgenstein (1847)
    • S.167, Feuille d'album No. 2 [Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, third version] (1843)
    • S.167c, Album-Leaf (from the Agnus Dei of the Missa Solennis, S9) (1860–69)
    • S.167d, Album-Leaf (from the symphonic poem Orpheus, S98) (1860)
    • S.167e, Album-Leaf (from the symphonic poem Die Ideale, S106) (1861)
    • S.167f, Album Leaf in G major (ca. 1860)
    • S.171b, Album Leaf or Consolation No. 1 (1870–79)
  • Henri Marteau:
    • Feuillet d'Album in D minor for viola and piano, Op.2 No.2
  • Joseph Marx
    • Albumblatt in E major (1916)
    • Albumblatt in F major (alternative names: "Romanze", "Moderne Klavierstudie"; undated)[11]
  • Nikolai Medtner:
    • Album Leaf (Листок из альбома) (1900)
  • Felix Mendelssohn:
    • Album-leaf in E minor for piano, Op. 117 (1837)
  • Moritz Moszkowski:
    • Albumblatt, Op. 2
    • Feuillet d'album, No. 2 from "Trois Morceaux", Op. 86 (1911)
  • Modest Mussorgsky:
    • Méditation (feuillet d'album) (1880)
  • Tivadar Nachéz:
    • Albumblatt (1884)[12]
  • Friedrich Nietzsche:
  • Edouard Potjes:
    • Feuillet d'Album
  • Max Reger:
    • Albumblatt (Andantino) in D minor, No. 2 from "Nine Bunte Blätter for Piano", Op. 36 (1899)
    • Albumblatt in B minor (Mit Ausdruck, nicht zu langsam), No. 1 from "Ten little Pieces for Piano", Op. 44 (1900)
    • Albumblatt, No. 1 from "Two Compositions for Violin and Piano", Op. 87 (1905)
    • Albumblatt, No. 4 from "Grüsse an die Jugend" for Piano (1898)
    • Three Album leaves for Piano (1898–1899) (Miniature Gavotte; Allegretto grazioso; Andante)
    • Albumblad, No. 1 from "Blätter und Blüten" for Piano (1900–1902)
    • Albumblatt for Clarinet/Violin and Piano, E flat major (1902)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns:
    • Feuillet d'album, Op. 169 (1921)
    • Feuillet d'album (1909)
  • Carlos Salzedo:
    • Feuillet d'album (soprano solo), No. 2 from "Three Poems of Stephane Mallarme", for soprano, harp, piano (1924)
  • Philipp Scharwenka:
    • 5 Albumblätter, Op.27(1878)[14]
  • Franz Schubert:
    • Walzer in G called "Albumblatt", D. 844
  • Robert Schumann:
    • Albumblätter, op. 124 (1832–1845) (includes one piece previously part of WoO 31)
  • Alexander Scriabin:
    • Album Leaf in E flat major, No. 1 from "Trois morceaux", Op. 45
    • Album Leaf, Op. 58
    • Feuillet d'Album de Monighetti in A-flat major (1889)
    • Feuillet d'Album in F-sharp major (1905)
  • Hans Sitt:
    • 6 Albumblätter for viola and piano, Op. 39 (published 1891)
  • Bedřich Smetana:
    • 6 Album Leaves (1844–62) (To Kateřina Kolářová; To Elizabeth Felicia Thun; To Josephina Fink; To Jean Kunz; To Wenzel Ulwer; To Marie Proksch)
    • 6 Album Leaves (1849–50)
    • 3 Album Leaves (1849–50) (To Robert Schumann; Wanderer's Song; Es siedet und braust)
    • 6 Album Leaves (1849–50)
    • 7 other single Album Leaves
  • Juan María Solare:
    • Albumblatt
  • John Philip Sousa:
    • An Album Leaf (1863; violin)
  • Zygmunt Stojowski:
    • Feuillet d'album, Op. 19/1
    • Deux Feuilles d'album
  • Robert Stolz:
    • Albumblatt, Op.1 (1895)[15]
  • Josef Suk:
    • Album Leaf, No. 1 from "3 Songs without Words" (1891)
    • Album Leaf in F major (1895)
  • Alexander Taneyev:
    • Album Leaf (Листок из альбома) in G major for viola and piano, Op. 33
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
    • Feuillet d'album, Op. 19/3
  • Sigismond Thalberg:
    • Albumblatt
  • Rudolf Tillmetz:
    • Album leaf, Op. 8, for flute and piano
  • Louis Vierne:
    • Feuillets d'album, Op. 9 (Matin d'été; Contemplation; La mer et la nuit; Nuit étoilée; Coup de vent; Le vieux berger; La valse; Dans le bois; Chanson des faucheurs)
  • Henri Vieuxtemps:
    • 3 Feuilles d'album, Op. 40 (1864, violin and piano)
  • Richard Wagner:
    • Albumblatt für Ernst Benedikt Kietz: Lied ohne Worte, WWV 64 (1840)
    • Albumblatt für Frau Betty Schott, WWV 108 (1875)
  • Kurt Weill:
    • Albumblatt for Erika (1937; transcription of the pastorale from Der Weg der Verheissung)
  • Charles-Marie Widor:
    • 12 Feuillets d’album, Op. 31 (1877; No. 11 was transcribed by Marcel Dupré for organ as Marche américaine)
  • Charles Wuorinen:
    • Album Leaf (1984)
  • Sergei Yuferov:
    • Entre petits et grands amis: 6 Album Leaves (Листки из альбома), Op. 10 (Boite à musique; Aveu; Mazurca; Petite valse; Question et réponse; Mélodie)
    • En famille, 6 Album Leaves (Листки из альбома), Op. 12 (Feuille d'album; Petite étude; Impatience; Charmeuse; Un conte; Caprice)
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky:
    • Albumblatt (Erinnerung aus Wien) (1895)
  • Richard Zeckwer:
    • Album Leaf (preceded by Notturno) (1874)[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 5th ed. 1954, Vol. 1, Albumblatt, p. 98
  2. ^ Needham, Alex (13 January 2012). "Brahms piano piece to get its premiere 159 years after its creation". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Brüll, Ignaz.7 Albumblätter, Op.33: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  4. ^ Bungert, August (1885). "Album leaf". Library of Congress – American Memory. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Dvořák, Antonín. 4 Album Leaves, B.109, Album Leaf, B.158: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  6. ^ Glière, Reinhold (1910).12 Album leaves, Op.51: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  7. ^ Grützmacher, Friedrich (1897).Albumblatt, Op. 66: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  8. ^ Humperdinck, Engelbert (1910).Albumblatt: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  9. ^ Jadassohn, Salomon (1881).Albumblätter, Op.63: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  10. ^ Kreutzer, Conradin (1882). "Album leaf". Library of Congress – American Memory. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Haydin, Berkant. "Complete list of orchestral, choral, chamber, piano, organ & vocal works". www.joseph-marx.org. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Nachz, Tivadar (1884). "Albumblatt". Library of Congress – American Memory. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Simone Zacchini (2000). Al di là della musica: Friederich Nietzsche nelle sue composizioni musicali. FrancoAngeli. p. 65. ISBN 978-88-464-2220-0. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Scharwenka, Philipp (1878).Albumblätter, Op.27): Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  15. ^ Robert Stolz (1979). Robert Stolz, the man and his times: 25th Aug. 1980 : 100th anniversary of his birth. Federal Press Service. p. 2. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  16. ^ Zeckwer, Richard (1874). "Notturno [and] Album Leaf". Library of Congress – American Memory. Retrieved 4 May 2012.