Tinel, Edgar


Tinel, Edgar

Sonate in f-Moll, opus 9 for piano



Edgar Tinel – Sonata in f minor, opus 9 (1875)

(Sinaai, 27 March 1854 – Brussels, 28 October 1912)

Allegro con fuoco

Edgar Tinel studied the piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, with Jean-Baptiste Michelot, the organist and composer Alphonse Mailly and the Wagnerian Louis Brassin (a student of Ignaz Moscheles in Leipzig). After graduating in 1873, the musicographer and conductor Maurice Kufferath wrote the following: ‘Those of my generation have not forgotten the sensation caused by him at the competition of 1873 where he was awarded the first prize unanimously. Never before had there been such a brilliant competition at the Conservatoire, and immediately Edgar Tinel was applauded at the concerts in Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Aix-la-Chapelle, London. His touch was so lucid, so surprisingly clear, his technique remarkable, and the overall sentiment of such elegance and charming musicality.’ Tinel indeed had a brief career as a piano virtuoso, which took him to Aachen and London. In the meantime, he studied counterpoint and fugue with Hubert Ferdinand Kufferath (a student of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) and composition with the director François-Auguste Gevaert. Tinel began to dedicate himself more and more to composing, in the early stages he mostly wrote songs and piano music. In 1877 he won the Prix de Rome with the cantata Klokke Roeland, with which he established his reputation as a composer. Four years later he succeeded Jacques Nicolas Lemmens as the director of the Ecole de musique religieuse in Mechelen (also known as the Lemmens Institute) and from then on he would almost exclusively compose religious music. In addition to liturgical music, he mostly made an impression with three large-scale musical hagiographies: Franciscus (1888), Godelieve (1894) and Katarina (1904). His oratorio Franciscus became one of the most popular pieces in Flemish music history: after its world première on 22 August 1888 in Mechelen, with the support of the publishing house Breitkopf & Härtel, this piece was taken on an impressive international tour with hundreds of performances. As the pinnacle of his career, in 1909, Tinel became the director of the Conservatory of Brussels, where he had been teaching counterpoint and fugue. …

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Score Data

Special Edition

The Flemish Music Collection


Solo Instrument


225 x 320 mm





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