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Christophe Nichelmann Keyboard Music

I have discovered twelve sonatas by Nichelmann published in the mid-1700s, as op. 1 and op. 2, and reissued in Farrenc's "Tresor des Pianistes" published by Da Capo Press.

They have a pleasant style, fitting under the hand well and sounding very beautiful. They are in a similar (but slightly less friendly) vein to the music of Christophe Wagenseil. They are a little more difficult to play and have a marginally denser, darker texture.

Nichelmann sonata, Am, i
Nichelmann sonata, Am, ii
Nichelmann sonata, Am, iii
Nichelmann sonata, Cm, i
Nichelmann sonata, Cm, ii
Nichelmann sonata, Fm, i
Nichelmann sonata, Fm, ii
Nichelmann sonata, Fm, iii
Nichelmann sonata, G, i
Nichelmann sonata, G, ii
Nichelmann sonata, G, iii

They are excellent piano pieces although probably written originally for harpsichord. I have no biographical information on Nichelmann.

Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

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