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The Cambridge Companion to Chopin

The Cambridge Companion to Chopin

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Janet Ritterman, David Rowland, Simon Finlow, John Rink, Jim Samson, Jeffrey Kallberg, Adrian Thomas, Anatole Leikin, James Methuen-Campbell, Zofia Chechlinska, Derek Carew, Roy Howat
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  • Date Published: December 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521477529

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Chopin provides the enquiring music-lover with helpful insights into a musical style which recognises no contradiction between the accessible and the sophisticated, the popular and the significant. Twelve essays by leading Chopin scholars make up three parts. Part 1 discusses the sources of Chopin's style in the music of his predecessors and the social history of the period. Part 2 profiles the mature music, and Part 3 considers the afterlife of the music - its reception, its criticism and its compositional influence in the works of subsequent composers.

    • A comprehensive guide to Chopin and his music
    • Chopin is played and admired by amateur and professional alike
    • The book is not only about Chopin's own music, but also the background to his unique style and the influence he had on the music of others
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    '… strongly recommended to students, teachers, and researchers. Non-specialists will find useful and reliable introductions to various facets of Chopin's life and music while specialists will encounter provocative viewpoints in a number of contributions.' Notes

    '… highly recommended to anybody seeking an easily digestible yet informative overview of Chopin the man, his music, and his public.' Susan Bradshaw, The Musical Times

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    • Date Published: December 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521477529
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 166 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 120 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Myth and reality: a biographical introduction
    Part I. The Growth of a Style:
    1. Piano music and the public concert, 1800–1850 Janet Ritterman
    2. The nocturne: development of a new style David Rowland
    3. The twenty-seven etudes and their antecedents Simon Finlow
    4. Tonal architecture in the early music John Rink
    Part II. Profiles of the Music:
    5. Extended forms: the ballades, scherzos and fantasies Jim Samson
    6. Small 'forms': in defence of the prelude Jeffrey Kallberg
    7. Beyond the dance Adrian Thomas
    8. The sonatas Anatole Leikin
    Part III. Reception:
    9. Chopin in performance James Methuen-Campbell
    10. Chopin reception in nineteenth-century Poland Zofia Chechlinska
    11. Victorian attitudes to Chopin Derek Carew
    12. Chopin's influence on the fin de siècle and beyond Roy Howat
    Appendix: a historical survey of Chopin on disc James Methuen-Campbell
    Notes
    List of Chopin's works
    Bibliographical note
    Index.

  • Editor

    Jim Samson, University of Bristol

    Contributors

    Janet Ritterman, David Rowland, Simon Finlow, John Rink, Jim Samson, Jeffrey Kallberg, Adrian Thomas, Anatole Leikin, James Methuen-Campbell, Zofia Chechlinska, Derek Carew, Roy Howat

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