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Napoléon Coste

June 28, 1806 - February 17, 1883
born in Amondans, composed during the Romantic period
Largely a forgotten figure today, Napoléon Coste was one of the few composers to maintain interest in the guitar during its period of general neglect from the 1830s to the end of the nineteenth century. Coste is said to have learned guitar technique from his mother at an early age. He was writing music for the instrument by 1830, the year he moved to Paris and saw his first pieces published. Coste studied with the great Spanish guitarist of the day, Fernando Sor, and became a friend and duo partner. But after Sor's death, public interest in the guitar declined, and Coste made his living mainly as a civil servant while dabbling in musical activities. He apparently took part in the nineteenth century French early music revival spearheaded by Fétis; his role included making transcriptions for modern guitar of Baroque pieces written in tablature.

Coste maintained his own guitar skills as a performer (until a hand injury in 1863 ended his concretizing) and composer; in 1856 he won second place in a Brussels competition for guitar compositions. He published an abundance of his own pieces for the instrument, primarily a seven-string version; he also wrote a fair amount of music for oboe, usually accompanied by guitar. His style was strongly influenced by that of Sor, but with more Romantic harmonies and a greater tendency to indulge in descriptive titles. Coste furthermore kept the music of his friend Sor in circulation, having many of Sor's compositions (as well as his guitar method book) republished. ~ James Reel, Rovi
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Track List: Napoléon Coste: Guitar Works, Vol. 3

Title: Polonaise For Guitar No. 2, Op. 14
Title: Le Tournoi, Fantasie Chevaleresque For Guitar, Op. 15
Title: Andante Et Allegro For Guitar, WoO
Title: La Romanesca, Fameuse Aires De Danse Du 16ème Siècle For Guitar, Op. 19b
Title: Fantaisie On Two Themes From Bellini's Norma, For Guitar, Op. 16
Title: Introduction And Variations On A Motif By Rossini, For Guitar, WoO
Title: Quadrilles (2), For Guitar

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Coste creates beautiful pieces that do honor to his teacher, the great Fernando Sor.
I didn't know of this great musician; thanks Pandora for your playlist and educational contribution to this fine art.
titaly
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gnmccabe
It's definitely calming,beca u s e I'm in bed listening to this music!
It's great to finally see a revival in Coste's music, he wrote some of the greatest gems of the romantic guitar. Therefore, I'm Glad to see that a long overdue biography of Coste has been published by Tecla.
harmonics are really played well music like is known to relax the mind enhance the soul and illuminate the spirit really enjoy listening to the spanish guitar and all the differant facets of sounds it creats beautiful
fpopp6
This kind of music is the reason why the guitar was invented. Magnificent! !
No, question, Coste made a great contribution to the Guitar Repertoire.
que bella la musica en forma de la guitarra. Mi corazon llora con orgullo simplemente escuchando el sentido de la musica.
Good stuff. Deserves to be played more often.
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