Unknown 19th-Century Works Assembled in Internet Archive

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English pianist John Kersey has begun to make his archive of unknown 19th-century music available, for free, on the Internet.

The first 35 works are now available at www.johnkersey.org.

Kersey assembled the archive, which he calls Romantic Discoveries, and decided to the put them on the Internet in order to make the works better-known.

"These pieces are superbly melodic, entertaining, and wonderfully written for the instrument," Kersey said. "Their composers wrote to provide accessible, enjoyable music for a wide audience, which fulfils its purpose as well today as when it was first performed."

The archives include works by such composers as Charles-Valentin Alkan, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Ignace Xavier Joseph Leÿbach, Brinley Richards, Sydney Smith, Wilhelm Kuhe, Stephen Heller, and Edward Rimbault.

Kersey graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, and mae his debut at London's Purcell Room at age 17. In addition to performing, he works as a music critic and lecturer.

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