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Progressive music from 1857

Among advanced pianists, the set known as Douze études dans tous les tons mineurs (12 Studies in all the minor keys) by French composer Charles-Valentin Alkan is notorious. Notoriously difficult, that is. Hey, all you prog-rock keyboard snobs, sink your chops into this! Even without a rhythm section, it pretty much rocks.

by Jon Davis, Published 2015-10-14


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