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VIV 1805


Four Sonatas for Piano or Harpsichord
By Madame de Villeblanche Edited by Calvert Johnson

Little is known about the French 18th century composer Madame de Villeblanche. These fresh-sounding sonatas were originally published (c. 1789) by her husband after her death at age 24. These four sonatas, in the late galant or early Classic style, may be played on the piano or harpsichord. Medium difficulty.
VIV 1805, 60 Pages, $21.95


Piano & Keyboard
“the rhythmic energy and bravura displays of the third and fourth sonatas and the finale of the first”

“this young woman took some delight in her own technical abilities. One wonders as ever what peaks she might have reached, given a fair chance.”


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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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