Coste, Napoléon
The Guitar Studies
Delivery state   Available
This is the first critical edition of Napoléon Coste's 25 Études de genre which has prepared from the correct source, his 1880 revised edition. It is also the first edition from this source to include a comprehensive critical commentary and apparatus.

Edited by Michael Macmeeken, it contains copious historical notes and documents and offers different readings and different versions of some of the Études.

The real text, Coste's original text from 1880, 'lost its way and continued to stray further' in the 20th Century and none of the 9 different editions examined for our critical commentary were based on the correct source, most used the Costallat 1902 edition edited by Cottin, not a bad edition by any means, but with confusing changes to the order of the Études, as well as Cottin's own personal changes and ommissions, his introducion new errors, and with some errors in the source edition left uncorrected.
COSTE: 25 Études de genre
COSTE: Introduction et Allegretto - Étude sur Les Tierces et les Sixtes*
COSTE: Rêverie Nocturne - Pièce d'Étude avec les sons harmoniques*
COSTE: Preludio*
COSTE: Prélude - Allegro moderato*
COSTE: Étude*
COSTE: Preludio - Andante*

All these works have been recorded by Jeffrey MsFadden on Naxos

Publisher's note: Works with * are engraved from Coste's augmented edition of Fernando Sor's Méthode (Schonenberger, Paris, 1851). They are all original works composed by Napoléon Coste and not by Fernando Sor. All the works in this edition
Coste grew up in mainly in Valenciennes. In 1828 or 1829 he settled in Paris and made his career giving concerts and lessons. He studied harmony and counterpoint, probably with his friend Sor. At that time everyone was in Paris: Aguado, Sor, Carulli, Carcassi, and Zani de Ferranti - Regondi was to arrive a little later. For more than two decades Coste was successfully in the middle of things in this golden age. In 1856, he took the 2nd prize in the Makaroff guitar competition in Brussels with the Grande Sérénade op. 30; Mertz won the 1st prize. But now, alongside his teaching, Coste had to take an administrative job to support himself; the decline of the guitar was obviously being felt. He married his pupil Louise Olive Pauilhé in 1871 and continued to teach until 1880. Many of his works have returned to the guitar repertoire, on account of their being newly made available by Chanterelle in the early 1980s. First published in c.1870, his 25 Études op. 38 are gems of late classicism, impeccably harmonised. They never really left the repertoire, and are valuable study material. Coste championed and developed the harmony and technique of his friend Fernando Sor; and as well as being a skillful arranger, he was also an early transcriber of baroque guitar music.