Ouverture Caracteristique et brillant op. 54, 1824

by Rodolfo Alessandrini and Sara Bartolucci
Carl Czerny has always been known almost exclusively for his educational output, and his more than 1,000 studies and exercises are still relevant for piano students around the world. But few musicians know that educational pieces form only a portion of the composers’s work. In fact, in his lifetime Czerny published 861 opus numbers, leaving nearly 150 posthumous pieces, and among these works are symphonies, concertos for piano and orchestra, 11 piano sonatas, a huge amount of chamber music, and even sacred and vocal compositions. In addition to these compositions, about 250 unpublished arrangements and transcriptions of considerable significance also exist.
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