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Salon music was a popular music genre in Europe during the 19th century. It was usually written for solo piano in the romantic style, and often performed by the composer at events...

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Salon music was a popular music genre in Europe during the 19th century. It was usually written for solo piano in the romantic style, and often performed by the composer at events known as "Salons". Salon compositions are usually fairly short and often focus on virtuoso pianistic display or emotional expression of a sentimental character. Common sub-genres of salon music are the operatic paraphrase or fantasia, in which multiple themes from a popular opera are the basis of the composition, and the musical character-piece, which portrays in music a particular situation or narrative.

Many popular composers wrote at least a few pieces which fall into the category of salon music. Some pianists composed only salon music, but many of these specialists have become highly obscure.

Salon Composers:
Sigismond Thalberg specialized in operatic paraphrases, often featuring a "three-handed" technique that was his trademark. Often regarded as the greatest of the "salon only" pianists.
John Field composed a series of nocturnes that greatly influenced Chopin.
Frédéric Chopin was a far more important composer than the majority of salonists, and most critics regard his music as being "too good" to be classified with the majority of the genre. Nevertheless, elements of salon style appear in many of his works.
Franz Liszt, like Chopin, transcends the genre. Only a few of his compositions (the Galop Chromatique, or some of the operatic fantasies) can be said to lie entirely within the salon tradition.
Louis Moreau Gottschalk is notable as the first American pianist to achieve success in Europe.
Henri Herz
Ignaz Moscheles
Benjamin Godard
Jules Massenet
Julius Schulhoff
Martinus Sieveking
Erik Satie
Francesco Paolo Tosti
Georges Boulanger (violinist)
Franz Behr

Well known performers of Salon Music:
Adolf Busch
Fritz Busch
Jacques Thibaud
Rudolf Serkin
Jascha Heifetz
Fritz Kreisler
Emanuel Feuermann
Pablo Casals
Paul Hindemith

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salon_music

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