Alexandre Levy

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Alexandre Levy
Alexandre Levy.png
Levy c. 1890
Born(1864-11-10)November 10, 1864
São Paulo, Brazil
DiedJanuary 17, 1892(1892-01-17) (aged 27)
São Paulo, Brazil
Years active1880–1892

Alexandre Levy (November 10, 1864 – January 17, 1892) was a Brazilian composer, pianist and conductor.

Born in São Paulo, he pioneered a fusion of classical composition with Brazil's popular folk music and rhythms. Levy died prematurely at the age of 27, and is the first known musician to die at the infamous age. His hometown grants a prestigious award in his name.

Darius Milhaud, in his ballet Le Bœuf sur le toit, borrowed a theme from Levy's Tango Brasileiro.[1]

List of piano works[edit]

[2]

1880[edit]

  • Fantasia para dois pianos a partir de temas da ópera O Guarany

1881[edit]

  • Impromptu-Caprice, op. 1

1882[edit]

  • Fosca, fantasia brilhante, op. 3
  • 3 Improvisations, op. 4
    • Romance sans paroles
    • A la Hongroise
    • Pensée fugitive
  • Valsa-Capricho, op. 5
  • Mazurca n. 1, op. 6 no 1
  • Mazurca n. 2, op. 6 no 2
  • Recuerdos - Polca de Salão

1883[edit]

  • Causerie
  • Cavalcante
  • Collin Maillard
  • Étude
  • Je t'en prie
  • Petite marche

1885[edit]

  • Plaintive
  • Scherzo-valse, op. 9

1887[edit]

  • Improviso n. 2
  • Trois Morceaux, op. 13
    • Coeur blessé
    • Amour passé
    • Doute
  • Allegro Appassionato, op. 14
  • Variations sur un thème populaire brésilien (Vem Cá, Bitu)

1890[edit]

  • Tango Brasileiro
  • Samba (Suite Brésilienne, IV.)

1891[edit]

  • Schumanniana, op. 16
    • Allegretto, ma un poco agitato
    • Allegro moderato
    • Lento
    • Allegretto giocoso
    • Moderato assai
    • Allegro
    • Moderato
    • Allegro molto - Presto

Date of composition unknown[edit]

  • Papillonnage
  • En mer (poème musical) a quatro mãos
    • Depart. Mer Calme
    • Le Ciel s'assombrit. Tempête
    • Clair de Lune. Idylle Fugitive
  • Comala (poème musical)

Further reading[edit]

  • Bettencourt, Gastão de. Temas de música brasileira. Rio de Janeiro: Ed. A Noite, 1941.
  • Mariz, Vasco. História da Mùsica no Brasil. Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira, 2005. 6ª edição, pp. 116–8.
  • Cacciatore, Olga Gudolle. Dicionário biográfico de música erudita brasileira. Rio de Janeiro, Forense Universitária, 2005.

References[edit]

  1. ^ François Laurent, in Diapason, October 2012, p. 114.
  2. ^ List of Piano Works Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, Laboratorio de Musica Latinoamericana para Piano