Antoine François Gilis (1702–1781) was an 18th-century French musician and composer who composed mainly for the piano and violin. He believed that "above all, the student who starts out learning the piano, should have fun.". To accomplish this, his study pieces are very melodic and increase slowly in difficulty throughout the books as to "stimulate interest". Throughout his books, study pieces are accompanied by easy explanations of music theory.
This statement mixes two composers by the same name: the French who lived in the eighteenth century (as stated) and a Belgian composer who lived at the turn of the twentieth century. Only the "Méthode de piano" is by the French composer. The other compositions published by Schott around 1910 are by the Belgian composer.
There is no French composer, the "Méthode de piano" also is by the Belgian composer. Page 6, he writes about Beethoven (born in 1770...)
List of famous pieces
- La Jeune Fanfare. Marche facile pour Piano
- Fantaisie Joyeuse. Op. 456. (Violin and Piano)
- Chant d'Adieu. Op. 459. (Violin and Piano)
- Doux Souvenir. Morceau sentimental pour Piano
- Fantaisie Pastorale. Op. 458. (Violin and Piano)
- Fantaisie Mignonne. Op. 457. (Violin and Piano)
- Fantaisie pour Piano sur le Voyage en Chine [by F. E. J. Bazin]
- L'Écho du Soir, morceau de salon pour Piano
- Le Jeune Violoniste. 6 Morceaux tre
- Antoine Gilis (ed.). Méthode de Piano. Schott frères.
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