Floraleda Sacchi Elias Parish Alvars: Life, Music, Documents
Annotated Catalogue of his Works for Harp, Piano, Orchestra and Voice
Odilia Publishing Ltd., 1999, ISBN 3-9521367-1-9
Amadeus Arte, 2012, ISBN 978-88-95450-01-8
220 pages, including 40 pictures and reproductions of manuscripts and letters of Parish Alvars.
Contents – Biography – Harp techniques – Overview of original works and arrangements – Annotated catalogue of works – Lost works, works of dubious attribution – “New Method for the harp” by Parish Alvars – Manuscripts – Publishers – Bibliography
This book offers an important contribution to an appreciation of Parish Alvars, and brings Parish Alvars research a great step forward. The biography, based on newspaper reports and letters, contains much new information, giving for the first time an overview of Parish Alvars’ wide-ranging travels and his circle of acquaintances. An extensive annotated catalogue not only lists practically all his works for the first time, but also clears up many errors and misconceptions. Through the combination of biography and catalogue of works, a cogent and chronologically credible overall view of his life, travels, compositions, and technical and musical innovations was made possible. With numerous illustrations of his friends and patrons, reproductions of title pages, letters and manuscripts, as well as references to the music and the poets who inspired him, this book becomes a living document of his time.
“It is the first time I read such an interesting work on Parish Alvars and so complete! It will be very useful for me and for all the harpists, Bravo!”
To research, decide on form and content, compile, write, translate, type-set, proof-read and publish within the allotted time-scale was a tremendous undertaking, and it has been miraculously good accomplished; both Floraleda Sacchi and Odilia Publishing deserve the admiration and gratitude of the harp world for bringing the work to a successful conclusion. […] Floraleda Sacchi has made a very significant contribution to harp research. This volume should take its place on every harpist’s bookshelf.
Ann Griffith, Harpa
Il panorama degli studi musicologici si arrichisce di una nuova acquisizione: la monografia dedicata all’arpista compositore Elias Parish Alvars. […] Personaggio oggi sconosciuto ai più, Parish Alvars fu in vita apprezzato compositore e amatissimo virtuoso d’arpa, perfettamente inserito nei circoli musicali dell’epoca, stimato da Liszt. Una figura di cui, fino alla comparsa del volume di Floraleda Sacchi, si sapeva poco o nulla. Utile non solo ad arpisti e specialisti del campo, il lavoro di Floraleda Sacchi s’inserisce in quel filone di opere dedicate ad autori, cosiddetti, minori, la conoscenza delle cui attività diviene ogni giorno più utile al completamento di un quadro organico di quell’immenso fenomeno che è il Romanticismo musicale europeo. Raffaella Valsecchi, Corriere della Sera