Catalogue of composers and works
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This catalogue is a list of composers who have written music for piano, left hand alone. They are listed alphabetically, but they are mentioned with their first name(s) first. The composer's name is in blue and their works are in red. The additional information is primarily of historic nature - partly about the composer - partly about the works. Composers who have not written anything for the left hand alone but whose works have been arranged by others are mentioned, but the works are put in brackets. And links will lead you to the arranger(s) - and back.
Names are listed as complete as possibly but the names that are not normally used are put in brackets ( ). When you se these bracket: [ ], it means that here is the original name; f.ex. with Hungarian names like Georg [György].
This page is under construction, meaning that many times you will see a composer represented only by his or her name and perhaps the title of a work. But eventually more information and - if possible - a portrait will be added - and this is the beauty of it all: When you find an entry with very little information - it is a cry for help. Here you have the unique opportunity of supplying me with data and information via the "Contact me" on the first page (or here). In fact I now realize that this page will always be under construction since so many composers have opened their eyes for this kind of art and left hand works are being composed as never before. Of course felse modesty will prevent me from thinking that I had anything to do with it, but I could name a few composers who had never written for the left hand alone before I approached them - and some works have - of course quite undeservedly - been written at my instigation and even dedicated to me.
Henri van den Abeelen Dutch composer and pianist
The Blue Bells og Scotland - Grand caprice for
piano, left hand alone
Hans Abrahamsen Danish composer
Copenhagen, 23.12.1952 -
Abrahamsen was educated at the
Royal Danish Conservatory and privately by Per Nørgård and Pelle
Gudmundsen-Holmgreen whose neo-simplicity he adopted for his first
works. Later he has taught at the Royal Danish Conservatory himself
(orchestration) as well as being artistic director of the Esbjerg
revised in 1976
The first 7
bars of the second part of October in the composer's
Jean (Jean Nicolas Joseph) Absil Belgian composer
Péruwelz, Hainaut, 23.10.1893 - Uccle, 02.02.1974
developed very early musically but it was not until he was twenty years
that he entered the Brussels Conservatory to study with Alfons
Desmet (organ), Martin Lunssens (harmony) and Leon Dubois
(counterpoint). Further studies followed from 1920 to 1922 with Paul
Gilson (composition and instrumentation) and in 1922 he won the second
prize in Prix de Rome.
op. 129 (1966) (Centre
Belge de Documentation Musicales, Bruxelles)
Josefina Acosta de Barón
Columbian composer and pianist
Follage, Study for left hand alone
(1930) (Boileau, Barcelona)
Alvaro Ordoñez play this piece:
Madeleine Adair American
pianist and teacher
Born: Guernsey, England,
18.03.1897 - Kent, Turnbridge Wells, Jan.1900
As pianist and composer Adair was very interested in the teaching
process f.ex. of children and in 1964 she published an article about
percussion in Musical Education, A Symposium, edited by Harold
Three Preludes for the Left Hand
(J. Williams / Stainer & Bell)
Air and Variations for the Left Hand
(J. Williams / Stainer & Bell)
Juliette Adams [Juliette Graves and known as "Mrs. Crosby Adams"] American,
teacher, pianist and composer
Niagara N.Y., 25.03.1858 -
Juliette was raised on a farm near the great river, where she developed
her love of nature which became her great inspiration like it was to her
idol Edward MacDowell. Seven years old she began studying piano and went
on - as a young woman to teach and play organ for church services. In
the four years prior to her marriage she was a resident teacher of piano
Ingham University in New York state.
In 1913 Mr. and Mrs. Adams built
House-in-the-Woods in the wild Blue Ridge Mountains, Montreat, North
Carolina. The plans for the house was supplied by architect Van Bergen under
supervision of Crosby Adams and modelled after MacDowell's own retreat.
The house had a spacious music room that could accommodate a chorus and
Mrs. Adams was granted honorary life membership in the National
Federation of Music Clubs and in the Music Teachers National
Association and served on the Executive Boards of both organizations.
Mrs. Adams was awarded honorary degrees of Doctor of Music from Converse
College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1932 and from Woman's
College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1945. Mrs.
Adams' last concert was given in Asheville, North Carolina on her 92nd
birthday. The Crosby Adams memorial building in Montreat no longer exists;
however, special collections of materials by and about Mrs. Adams are housed
Presbyterian Historical Society in Montreat and also in the
Montreat College Library.
English organist and composer
Salisbury, England, 1858 -
Adlam was organist of St.
Philip’s Church, Regent Street, London to 1888.
(Impromptu) (1918) (Nightingale &
American pianist and composer
Exercise pour la lecture de la clé de fa et pour la main gauche seule - Etude de Rythme
737 Cleveland Street
(for the left hand alone)
Library of Congress
Left Hand Alone (Willis Co., Cincinnati 1988)
Miguel del Aguila
Half of me, Piano Left Hand Alone op 70 2000 (MS) (Peermusic Classical, New York)
Sven Ahlin Swedish composer and teacher
Born, Sundsvall ca. 1952
Ahlin attended the local Music
School i Stockholm and alter at the Indiana University. but first at the age of 17 he decided to devote his life to music and
to become a composer and a major influence on this decision was the composer Björn Wilho Hallberg.
piano left hand (2000)
John Carver Alden American pianist and composer
Boston, 11.09.1852 - Cambridge, 20.10.1935
At first Alden studied in USA with Carl Faelten (1846-1925) after which
he travelled to Europe and Leipzig to continue his studies with Oscar
Paul (1836-1898), Louis Plaidy
and Benjamin Robert Papperitz (1826-1903).
Gavotte for the left hand 1902 (Wood Music Co, Boston.)
Clef Book 1965 (Augener
Raphaele d'Alessandro Swiss composer and pianist
St. Gall, 17.03.1911 - Lausanne, 17.03.1959 (!)
After his training in
Switzerland d'Alessandro went to Paris to become a pupil of Nadia Boulanger
(composition), Marcel Dupré (organ) and Paul Roês (piano).
20: pour la main gauche seule
Sonatine no. 2 for piano, left hand alone op.28 (1939)
4 miniatures for piano, left hand op. 8A (1956)
6 études for piano, left hand. Hommage à Ravel op. 80 (1958)
American pianist teacher and composer
Born: Kansas, 12.10.1947
Professor Alexander was
educated at the University of Kansas where he was a student of
Richard Reber and graduating in 1972. After this he was immediately invited
to join the faculty at the
University of Montana where he served as piano department chair in
addition to his teaching duties in applied piano, class piano and piano
Elegy (for the left hand alone) (Alfred Publishing, Van Nuys 1994)
M. Fr. Alexander Dutch composer
Heilig, Heilig Heilig (linker hand aleen, No. 15 aus 20 Pianostukjes) (Alsbach Amsterdam 1936.
Mario Alfagüell (Alfaro Güell) Costa Rican composer and pianist
Born: San José, Costa Rica, 27.04.1948
Mario Alfagüell studied
composition and piano from 1966-76 at the Universidad Nacional de Costa
Rica, as well as history and theatre as minor studies. He then had
post-graduate studies in composition with Brian Ferneyhough and Klaus Huber
at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Breisgau (Germany) from 1976-80.
Sonata para la mano izquierda (Sonata for the piano, left hand) Op. 14 (1982)
Siete Invenciones para la mano izquierda (Seven inventions for the piano, left hand) Op. 16 (1982)
Sonata para la mano izquierda (Sonata for the piano, left hand) Op. 46 (1990)
para la mano izquierda y orquesta (First Concerto for piano, left hand and
small orchestra) Op. 145 (2003)
Concierto para piano mano izquierda y orquesta (Second Concerto for piano,
left hand and orchestra) Op.185, 2007
Impromptu para la mano izquierda (impromptu for the left) Op.176 ca, 2006
Estudios para la
mano izquierda para Jutta Schwarting (Studies for Jutta Schwarting) Op.186
I am indebted to professor Alfagüell for proof-reading this article and correcting it.
Brazilian composer and pianist
12. 1922 - 2002
Alimonda finished his education (piano) at the Conservatorio Drámatico Musical de São Paolo in 1941 and went on to Curso Superior in organ at the Musical School at the Federal University of Rio de Janairo which he finished in 1977.
After a trip to Europe he sturied as a post-graduate at The Royal Academy of Music in London. He was a doctor at the Escola de Música da UFRJ holdin a chair since 1963. He has mostly lived as a composer and concert artist of great accomplishment and well known for his great competence, charisma and humor
Modinha (para mão izquiquerda) for the left hand (Carlos Wehrs &Cia. Ltda., Rio de Janeiro) 1958
A Modinha is a kind of sentimental love song. The Modinha is of uncertain origin, but it may have evolved in either Brazil or Portugal. Around the end of 18th Century Domingos Caldas Barbosa wrote a series of modinhas that extremely popular, especially in salons so can be termed salon music . The modinha of the late 19th century was sung in the streets or as an outdore A modinha is a kind of sentimental love song. The modinha is of uncertain origin, but it may have evolved in either Brazil or Portugal. Around the end of 18th Century citation needed, Domingos Caldas Barbosa wrote a series of modinhas that were extremely popular, especially in salons, and so can be termed salon music. The modinha of the late 19th century was sung in the streets or as an outdoor serenade, usually accompanied by flute, guitar, and cavaquinho (remotely related to the Ukulele).
Três peças (2001) (MS). In: Araujo 2009, Anexo 02.
French super piano virtuoso and composer.
Paris, 30.11.1813 - Paris,
Alkan was the son of a Jewish
school leader, Alkan Morhange (1780-1855) in Paris who with his wife
Julie (née Abraham) had 6 children: Céleste (25.02.1812),
Charles-Valentin (30.11.1913) Ernest (11.07.1816), Maxime (28.05.1818),
Napoléon (02.02.1826) and Gustave (24.03.1827), and they all became
In the beginning of his (very short) public career he dazzled
the Paris audience with his phenomenal technique and joined the company
of celebrities such as Victor Hugo, Paganini, Rossini, Liszt and Chopin.
Later he withdrew completely from public life - living like a
misanthropic hermit. We are in fact not quite sure how he looked. There
are three or four portraits which allegedly are of him (and one that
certainly is not), although any definitive proof has never been given,
but the ones shown here carries all the features that we know from the
people, who actually saw him. But they were very few - because during
his last many years he didn't want to see anybody - not even when an
official deputy arrived at his door to bestow upon him one of the
greatest honors of cultural France (in form of some medal). They were
simply told by his housekeeper that: Monseigneur Alkan is
digesting and he can not see anybody - in other words go jump in
the lake, and when a young pianist was dismissed with the message
Monseigneur Alkan is not available,
the young man asked when he would be - he was told: Never!
Fantasie in A flat
op. 76 no. 1 1838 (
Hofmeister / Gerard Billaudot Editions Musicales)
(Etude op. 35
nr. 8 in A flat) This Etude is really
not a left hand work as such, but has a long passage for the left hand
alone, that might have some interest. Indeed this is again a work for
the left hand, for the right hand and for both hands.
in A flat is recorded by Ronald Smith, EMI CDM 7 69630 2
Geoffrey Allen Australian
pianist and composer
studies; four piano pieces for the left hand
ca. 2003 (Perth: The Keys Press)
Source: National Library of Australia
Walter John Allum British
composer, pianist and poet
(11.10.1895 - 13.01.1986)
Allum was a close friend of Havergal Brian
and shared rooms with him in 1918 and was his life-long friend - even
publishing the book: Friendship with Havergal Brian.
Allum, Walter John 11.oct.1895-13.jan.1986
England Oxfordshire, Wheatley - Gloucestershire, Cirencester
Nocturne (British Music Information Centre)
Joachim de Almeida
Junho. Ernani . Capricho (Fantasy) for the left hand after Verdi (Lence & Viuva Canonigia, Lisboa 1873)
Emilie Altner de
Résimont (Austrian composer)
Redowa (A Folk Dance) op. 6 (Otto Wernthal, Berlin)
Maria Freiherr (Baron) von
(17.12.1867 - Stetteldorf-Vienna, 27.07.1930)
Freiherr Amadé was a military officer who studied music with Karl Waldeck in Linz, with Josef Reiter, Robert Fischhof and Franz Schmidt in Vienna, 1908-1909 studied music in Paris, after WW I he left the army and settled as musician in Enns Austria
Prélude (from Chopin's prélude op.45 : Cadenza a piacere) (1941) (MS)
pianist and composer
Born: Preston, Lancashire, U.K. December 29 1954John Amriding studied at Preston Catholic College under Harry Duckworth and Eric Whiteside and, in 1973, continued his studies as an Open Scholar in Music at Christ Church, Oxford under Simon Preston, Sydney Watson, Roger Wibberley and John Caldwell with especial interest in choral music of the Renaissance. He graduated from Oxford with a B.A. in 1976 and worked at the Harris Library, Preston, where he was Music Librarian for 21 years.
In his spare time John Amriding was associated with Preston Cecilian Choral Society, Preston Opera, Preston Concert Orchestra and Preston Opera Orchestra. He had a 10 year association with the WEA (Workers Educational Association) where he was a part-time lecturer in music and he also undertook many freelance lectures and performances at Alston Hall, Longridge as a piano recitalist.
Since 1998 he has concentrated exclusively on piano works composed and arranged for the left hand.
Reger: Mariä Wiegenlied
(from Schlichte Weisen op. 76, volume VI)
Novello: My Dearest Dear (from the London musical The
Dancing Years produced in 1939)
Mirandola, 22.04.1835 - Nice,
Andreoli came from a very
musical family, his father Evangelista Andreoli (1810-1875) was organist
and teacher at Mirandola (34 kilometers north of Modena) and his brother
Carlo (1840-1906) became a famous pianist, conductor and composer who
taught at the Milan Conservatory.
Barcarola del Marino Falieri di Donizetti. Grand studio
di concerto per pianoforte per pianoforte per la mano sinistra op.5
(Tito di Ricordi. Milan 1854)
(Dutch composer and pianist)
(Haarlem, 15.11.1925 - The Hague,
Elder brother of Louis Andriessen and thus
son of Hendrik Andriessen. He studied composition at the Utrecht
Conservatory: composition with his father, orchestration with the
renowned conductor Willem van Otterloo and piano with Gerard Hengeveld
and André Jurres.
(Fanfare, Allegro deciso, Adagio & Vivo)
(Donemus, Amsterdam 1964)
Louis Andriessen Dutch
Willem Andriessen. He was born in Utrecht into a large musical
family. Louis studied at first with his father Hendrik and with
Kees van Baaren (1906-1970) at the Hague Conservatory, and
between 1962 and 1964 undertook further studies in Milan and Berlin with
Luciano Berio. Since 1974 he has combined his teaching with his work as
a composer and pianist. He is now widely regarded as the leading
composer working in the Netherlands today and is a central figure in the
international new music scene.
Trois pièces: 1. Promenade, 2. Fracas, 3. Hymne
piano left hand 1994
(Boosey and Hawkes)
Willem Andriessen Dutch
pianist and composer
Harlem, Holland, 25.10.1887 -
Amsterdam, 29.03.1964 .
Uncle of Louis Andriessen above - Willem Andriessen's talent for music was discovered very early and his first teacher was his father Nicolaas Andriessen who was organist choir leader. Willem then went on to The Amsterdam Conservatory as a pupil of J. B. de Pauw (piano), Bernard Zweers (composition) and Julius Röntgen (ensemble playing).
In 1906 he took his final
diploma exams and in 1908 he got a Prix d'Exelence with a performance of
a piano concerto that he had composed for that very occasion.
(Joseph) Humfrey Anger Canadian
teacher, organist, conductor and composer
Faringdon, Berkshire, England,
03.06.1862 - Toronto, 11.06.1913
Already in his first position as organist at Frenchay near Bristol the
young Anger won his first gold medal in 1888 from the Bach
for his setting of Psalm 96 for voices and orchestra.
Before that he had been a school teacher, church organist and conductor of
the Ludlow (Shropshire) Choral and Orchestral Society.
The next year (1889) he became
Bachelor of Music at Oxford,
FRCO (Fellow of the Royal College of Organists), later he
was appointed head of the theory department of the Toronto
Conservatory of Music (1893) and in 1902 he received a doctorate
honoris causa at Trinity College, Toronto. .
After 1902 he was organist at
Central Methodist Church
and the Church of the Ascension, Toronto
and in connection with this work he served as president of the
Canadian Society of Musicians and was dean of the Ontario chapter
of the American Guild of Organists. From the years 1893 to 1913 he
served as Professor, Toronto Conservatory.
Impromptu, a study for the left hand, for piano
Michael J. Appleton
Sonata in G minor for viola and piano (left hand) 1973 (Thames Publishing)
Source: National Library of
Georg [György] Arányi-Aschner
Born: Budapest, Hungary, 16.03.1923
Arányi-Aschner started his musical education at the age of ten when he
got his first piano lessons. At the age of twelve he entered the
Musical High School
of Budapest as a pupil of Pál Kadosa (harmony and counterpoint),
conducting (János Ferencsik), Peregrin Turry (oboe), Andreas Pehl (bass
tuba), Wilmos Rubányi (percussion), Franz Wilhelm (cello). Besides
instruction in composition this was indeed a very versatile education,
which ended with final exams in 1949.
Ballade für die linke Hand allein
II Ballade für das Klavier für die linke Hand
(1877 - 1936)
Konzert-Etude für die linke Hand allein op. 66.
Prélude pour main gauche seule.
1975 in Le
Piano Ouvert. Salabert, Paris 1993
La Belliqueuse pour la main gauche,
La Souriante pour la main gauche. Nr.6 u. 7 from Sept Études pour le
1907 (Zurflug, Bourg-la-Reine)
Pierre Augiéras French pianist
For several years Augiéras taught at the Rochester School of Music
which was founded back in 1918 by George Eastman.
25 studies for the left hand alo on the piano. 1917 (New York: Schirmer - ca. 1924)
Photo and signature: Copyright Statens musikbibliotek, Sweden
Ange Marie Auzende
(1850 - 1940)
Exercise pour la lecture de la clé de fa et pour la main gauche seule - Etude de Rythme
(Maison J. Hamelle, Paris)