Marie Bigot • Historical Women Composers for Piano
Discover the music of the woman who taught Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Schubert. Marie Kiéné Bigot de Morogues (1786-1820) was a leading performer of her day who championed the works of her friends Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven. The fifty-six page volume contains her four-movement Sonate and the Suite d’etudes. Bigot’s compositions show a sensitive, gifted composer writing in an early Romantic style while maintaining Classic conventions of form. American Music Teacher says, "Commendations to Vivace Press for beginning this series on French women composers." Piano and Keyboard maintains that these sonatas "have both poetry and brilliance and are well suited to smaller hands."
VIV 1803, 56 Pages, $18.95
American Music Teacher
Piano & Keyboard, July/August 1993
They (Etudes) have both poetry and brilliance and are well suited to smaller hands.
[Calvert Johnson] is well served by Vivace Press. . . with this attractive volume
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A Brief Bio of the Editor
Calvert Johnson is Professor of Music, College Organist and Chair of the Music Department at Agnes Scott College (Atlanta). He earned his doctorate in organ performance at Northwestern University where he studied with Karel Paukert. His bachelor's degree was earned at Kalamazoo College. Through the Fulbright-Hays program and a French Government Grant, he studied with Xavier Darasse at the Toulouse Conservatoire, where he was awarded the Premier Prix.
An active recitalist, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Prominent concerts include the Piccolo Spoleto Festival of Charleston, SC; the Eighth International Organ Festival of Morelia, Mexico; Monaco Cathedral, St. Denis Basilica (Paris), the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) representing the state of Arkansas during the Bicentennial year, and the College Music Society's national meetings in Sante Fe and Savannah. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution has called his playing "thoroughly invigorating" and impressive in "its rhythmic vitality." The Tulsa Tribune has praised his interesting and "highly imaginative" programming. Among his
Johnson's research interests include women composers and early keyboard music. He has recorded for Calcante Recordings and has edited volumes with Vivace Press, ClarNan Editions, and Wayne Leupold Editions. He is past President of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society; he has served as Dean of the Atlanta and Tulsa chapters of the American Guild of Organists; and he chaired the performances committee of the AGO's national convention in 1992.
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