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Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller (1806-1874) was born in Regensburg, Germany. His father was a composer and musical theater director and founded the Lower Rhine Festival, still an important musical event in Germany.
Friedrich´s brother Norbert was also a pianist and composer, probably even more talented than his brother and father, but lacking their ambition and sociability. After studying with Ludwig Spohr and Moritz Hauptmann, Burgmüller moved to Paris where he stayed until his death. There he developed his trademark, light style of playing and became a fashionable writer of songs and salon pieces for piano. He also composed works for the stage including the ballet La Péri. Burgmüller also went on to publish several albums of descriptive piano studies, mostly intended for children that have become standard works and are very popular to this day. In particular, selections from his Op. 68, 76, 100, 105 and 109 and his "Ballade" have appeared in various educational anthologies. The twenty-five studies Op. 100 include some of his most popular works and the later opus numbers contain some more demanding studies.
Apart from these piano pieces, Burgmüller’s most often performed piece is the so-called Peasant Pas de Deux added to the ballet Giselle for its 1841 premiere. This music was originally titled Souvenirs de Ratisbonne, and is still performed today in every production of Giselle.

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Total pieces by Burgmüller: 43

TitleASTKey Published Type Level

25 Easy and Progressive Studies:
Candour Op. 100 No. 1C Major - Study 2
Arabesque Op. 100 No. 2A Minor - Piece 2
Pastoral Op. 100 No. 3G Major - Study 2
The Small Gathering Op. 100 No. 4C Major - Study 3
Innocence Op. 100 No. 5C Major - Study 2
Progress Op. 100 No. 6C Major - Study 4
The Clear little Stream Op. 100 No. 7G Major - Study 3
With Grace Op. 100 No. 8F Major - Study 4
The Hunt Op. 100 No. 9C Major - Study 4
The Tender Blossom Op. 100 No. 10D Major - Study 3
The Wagtail Op. 100 No. 11C Major - Study 4
The Farewell Op. 100 No. 12A Minor - Study 3
Comfort Op. 100 No. 13C Major - Study 3
Styrian Dance Op. 100 No. 14G Major - Study 3
Ballade Op. 100 No. 15C Minor - Piece 4
Gentle Complaint Op. 100 No. 16G Minor - Study 3
Chatterbox Op. 100 No. 17F Major - Study 3
Restlessness Op. 100 No. 18E Minor - Study 4
Ave Maria Op. 100 No. 19A Major - Study 2
Tarantella Op. 100 No. 20D Minor - Study 4
The Music of the Angels Op. 100 No. 21G Major - Study 3
The Gondolier's Song Op. 100 No. 22A-flat Major - Study 3
The Return Op. 100 No. 23E-flat Major - Study 5
The Swallow Op. 100 No. 24G Major - Study 4
Trotting Op. 100 No. 25C Major - Study 5

18 Characteristic Studies:
Confidence Op. 109 No. 1C Major - Study 3
The Pearls Op. 109 No. 2C Major - Study 3
The Shepherd's Return Op. 109 No. 3G Major - Study 3
The Gypsies Op. 109 No. 4C Minor - Study 3
The Spring Op. 109 No. 5G Major - Study 4
The Merry Maiden Op. 109 No. 6C Major - Study 5
Lullaby Op. 109 No. 7F Major - Study 3
Agitato Op. 109 No. 8E Minor - Study 5
Morning Bell Op. 109 No. 9A-flat Major - Study 3
Velocity Op. 109 No. 10C Major - Study 4
Serenade Op. 109 No. 11A Minor - Study 4
Awakening in the Woods Op. 109 No. 12F Major - Study 5
The Storm Op. 109 No. 13D Minor - Study 5
Song of the Gondolier Op. 109 No. 14A Major - Study 3
Sylph Op. 109 No. 15G Minor - Study 4
Parting Op. 109 No. 16E-flat Major - Study 4
March Op. 109 No. 17F Major - Study 4
Spinning Song Op. 109 No. 18D Major - Study 5


Posts in the piano forum about Burgmüller:

xx Studies - Burgmuller
August 18, 2006, 12:43:11 PM by chadefa1

Hi all,

I am a beginner (1 year) and going through Burgmuller as a way to improve my technique. I like it because the pieces are easy enough to be learned in a week, and are musical.
I realize, however, that each of them emphasizes one or a few technical difficulties. Therefore, I am wondering if I should go back to them regularly. So far, I have learned a piece for the following lesson, "mastered it" for that lesson, and then have forgotten about it to go on to the next one, without playing it ever again.
Is this the right way to go about it? Or am I supposed to keep practicing them so that I keep working through their technical difficulties?

In short, learn them once and forget about them, or keep playing them  regularly?

Thank you!
Tom



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