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Chopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument that Transformed Music

Author : Paul Kildea
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Page : 288 pages
File Size : 43,6 Mb
Release : 2018-08-14
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780393652239

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The captivating story of Frédéric Chopin and the fate of both his Mallorquin piano and musical Romanticism from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. In November 1838, Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. They settled in an abandoned monastery at Valldemossa in the mountains above Palma where Chopin finished what would eventually be recognized as one of the great and revolutionary works of musical Romanticism: his twenty-four Preludes. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island (these were still early days in the evolution of the modern instrument), so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman, Juan Bauza, which remained in their monastic cell for seventy years after he and Sand had left. Chopin’s Piano traces the history of Chopin’s twenty-four Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them, and the traditions they came to represent. Yet it begins and ends with the Majorcan pianino, which assumed an astonishing cultural potency during the Second World War as it became, for the Nazis, a symbol of the man and music they were determined to appropriate as their own. After Chopin, the unexpected hero of Chopin’s Piano is the great keyboard player Wanda Landowska, who rescued the pianino from Valldemossa in 1913, and who would later become one of the most influential artistic figures of the twentieth century. Paul Kildea shows how her story—a compelling account based for the first time on her private papers—resonates with Chopin’s, simultaneously distilling part of the cultural and political history of mid-twentieth century Europe and the United States. After Landowska’s flight to America from Paris, which the Germans would occupy only days later, her possessions—including her rare music manuscripts and beloved keyboards—were seized by the Nazis. Only some of these belongings survived the war; those that did were recovered by the Allied armies’ Monuments Men and restituted to Landowska’s house in France. In scintillating prose, and with an eye for exquisite detail, Kildea beautifully interweaves these narratives, which comprise a journey through musical Romanticism—one that illuminates how art is transmitted, interpreted, and appropriated between generations.

Chopin's Piano

Author : Paul Kildea
Publisher : Penguin UK
Page : 400 pages
File Size : 40,5 Mb
Release : 2018-06-07
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780241187951

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In November 1838 Frédéric Chopin, George Sand and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. They settled in an abandoned monastery at Valldemossa in the mountains above Palma, where Chopin finished what would eventually be recognised as one of the great and revolutionary works of musical Romanticism - his 24 Preludes. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island (these were still early days in the evolution of the modern instrument), so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman, which remained in their monastic cell for seventy years after he and Sand had left. This brilliant and unclassifiable book traces the history of Chopin's 24 Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them and the traditions they came to represent. Yet it begins and ends with the Majorcan pianino, which during the Second World War assumed an astonishing cultural potency as it became, for the Nazis, a symbol of the man and music they were determined to appropriate as their own. The unexpected hero of the second part of the book is the great keyboard player and musical thinker Wanda Landowska, who rescued the pianino from Valldemossa in 1913, and who would later become one of the most influential musical figures of the twentieth century. Kildea shows how her story - a compelling account based for the first time on her private papers - resonates with Chopin's, while simultaneously distilling part of the cultural and political history of Europe and the United States in the central decades of the century. Kildea's beautifully interwoven narratives, part cultural history and part detective story, take us on an unexpected journey through musical Romanticism and allow us to reflect freshly on the changing meaning of music over time.

Chopin's Piano

Author : Charles Adés Fishman
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 52,8 Mb
Release : 2006
Category : Poetry
ISBN : UOM:39015070698769

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Concert program.

Selected works for piano: Waltz in A minor, op. posthumous ; Waltz in B minor, op. 69 no. 2 ; Mazurka in F major, op. 68 no. 3 ; Mazurka in A minor, op. 67 no. 4 ; Mazurka in G# minor, op. 33 no. 1 ; Polonaise in G minor, op. posthumous ; Prelude in E minor, op. 28 no. 4 ; Prelude in B minor, op. 28 no. 6 ; Prelude in A major, op. 28 no. 7 ; Prelude in C minor, op. 28 no. 20 ; Nocturne in C minor, op. posthumous

Author : Frédéric Chopin
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 36 pages
File Size : 54,8 Mb
Release : 1996
Category : Piano music
ISBN : 0849761999

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Selected works for piano: Waltz in A minor, op. posthumous ; Waltz in B minor, op. 69 no. 2 ; Mazurka in F major, op. 68 no. 3 ; Mazurka in A minor, op. 67 no. 4 ; Mazurka in G# minor, op. 33 no. 1 ; Polonaise in G minor, op. posthumous ; Prelude in E minor, op. 28 no. 4 ; Prelude in B minor, op. 28 no. 6 ; Prelude in A major, op. 28 no. 7 ; Prelude in C minor, op. 28 no. 20 ; Nocturne in C minor, op. posthumous by Frédéric Chopin Pdf

At the Piano with Chopin

Author : Frédéric Chopin,Maurice Hinson
Publisher : Alfred Music
Page : 68 pages
File Size : 41,9 Mb
Release : 2005-05-03
Category : Music
ISBN : 1457422816

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At the Piano with Chopin by Frédéric Chopin,Maurice Hinson Pdf

An excellent collection in Hinson's At the Piano Series. Contains many of his most popular Mazurkas, Preludes, Waltzes, Nocturnes--plus others! Includes informative biographical information and performance suggestions for each work.

Chopin: The Piano Concertos

Author : John Rink
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 154 pages
File Size : 42,6 Mb
Release : 1997-11-27
Category : Music
ISBN : 0521446600

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Chopin: The Piano Concertos by John Rink Pdf

Chopin's E minor and F minor Piano Concertos played a vital role in his career as a composer-pianist. Praised for their originality and genius when he performed them, the concertos later attracted censure for ostensible weaknesses in form, development and orchestration. They also suffered at the hands of editors and performers, all the while remaining enormously popular. This handbook re-evaluates the concertos against the traditions that shaped them so that their many outstanding qualities can be fully appreciated. It describes their genesis, Chopin's own performances and his use of them as a teacher. A survey of their critical, editorial and performance histories follows, in preparation for an analytical 're-enactment' of the music - that is, a narrative account of the concertos as embodied in sound, rather than in the score. The final chapter investigates Chopin's enigmatic 'third concerto', the Allegro de concert. Chopin: The Piano Concertos has won the Wilk Book Prize for Research in Polish Music.

My First Book of Chopin

Author : Bergerac
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Page : 50 pages
File Size : 46,5 Mb
Release : 2003
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780486424279

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Includes theme from "Raindrop" Prelude, "Minute" Waltz, "Lullaby," "Fantaisie-impromptu," "Butterfly" Etude, "Military" and "Heroic" Polonaise, plus melodic highlights from the most familiar preludes, mazurkas, waltzes, and etudes. Features 23 piano arrangements. Bonus MP3 downloads are included for each song.

Chopin masterpieces

Author : Frédéric Chopin
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Page : 234 pages
File Size : 40,9 Mb
Release : 1998-01-01
Category : Music
ISBN : 0486401502

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Chopin masterpieces by Frédéric Chopin Pdf

This collection contains 46 pieces: Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Berceuse, 3 ecossaises, 5 etudes, Fantaisie-Impromptu, "Marche Funèbre" from Sonata No. 2, 8 mazurkas, 7 nocturnes, 3 polonaises (including the enormously popular "Militaire"), 9 preludes, Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, and 6 waltzes (including the "Minute Waltz"). Reprinted from authoritative sources.

Chopin: Pianist and Teacher

Author : Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 344 pages
File Size : 54,5 Mb
Release : 1986
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0521367093

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Chopin: Pianist and Teacher by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger Pdf

The first English paperback edition of the unique collection of documents which reveal Chopin as teacher and interpreter of his own music.

A First Book of Chopin

Author : Bergerac
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Page : 50 pages
File Size : 47,9 Mb
Release : 2013-01-23
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780486171500

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A First Book of Chopin by Bergerac Pdf

Beginning pianists and their teachers will love this compilation of immortal music by Frédéric Chopin. Fun-to-play, pedagogically sound arrangements include the theme from the "Raindrop" Prelude, "Minute" Waltz, the charming Lullaby, and melodic highlights from the most familiar preludes, mazurkas, waltzes, impromptus, and etudes. Each piece is accompanied by informal notes that share insights into Chopin's life and the unique features of his music. From the lyrical Fantaisie-impromptu and "Butterfly" Etude to the brilliant strains of the "Military" Polonaise and "Heroic" Polonaise, these arrangements of 23 of the composer's best-loved pieces will prove welcome additions to any beginning pianist's repertoire. Plus, bonus MP3 downloads are included for each song to make practicing even easier!

Chopin

Author : Frédéric Chopin
Publisher : Alfred Music Publishing
Page : 68 pages
File Size : 50,5 Mb
Release : 2007
Category : Music
ISBN : 0739047523

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Chopin by Frédéric Chopin Pdf

Some of Chopin's best-loved works are contained in this volume. More advanced than 14 of His Easiest Piano Selections, familiar preludes, waltzes and mazurkas are joined by "Fantaisie-Impromptu," "Etude in E Major" and "Polonaise in A Major." This versatile collection could be used over the span of several years as a student's facility develops. Helpful biographical and historical materials are provided for each work. Also included is an outstanding CD recording from the Naxos label by internationally renowned artist Idil Biret. She has made more than 70 recordings and has received numerous awards including: Lily Boulanger Memorial, Boston; Harriet Cohen - Dinu Lipatti gold medal, London; Chevalier de l'Ordre du Merite, France; State Artist, Turkey and many others.

Play It Again

Author : Alan Rusbridger
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Page : 417 pages
File Size : 53,6 Mb
Release : 2013-09-17
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780374710620

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Play It Again by Alan Rusbridger Pdf

As editor of the Guardian, one of the world's foremost newspapers, Alan Rusbridger abides by the relentless twenty-four-hour news cycle. But increasingly in midlife, he feels the gravitational pull of music—especially the piano. He sets himself a formidable challenge: to fluently learn Chopin's magnificent Ballade No. 1 in G minor, arguably one of the most difficult Romantic compositions in the repertory. With pyrotechnic passages that require feats of memory, dexterity, and power, the piece is one that causes alarm even in battle-hardened concert pianists. He gives himself a year. Under ideal circumstances, this would have been a daunting task. But the particular year Rusbridger chooses turns out to be one of frenetic intensity. As he writes in his introduction, "Perhaps if I'd known then what else would soon be happening in my day job, I might have had second thoughts. For it would transpire that, at the same time, I would be steering the Guardian through one of the most dramatic years in its history." It was a year that began with WikiLeaks' massive dump of state secrets and ended with the Guardian's revelations about widespread phone hacking at News of the World. "In between, there were the Japanese tsunami, the Arab Spring, the English riots . . . and the death of Osama Bin Laden," writes Rusbridger. The test would be to "nibble out" twenty minutes per day to do something totally unrelated to the above. Rusbridger's description of mastering the Ballade is hugely engaging, yet his subject is clearly larger than any one piece of classical music. Play It Again deals with focus, discipline, and desire but is, above all, about the sanctity of one's inner life in a world dominated by deadlines and distractions. What will you do with your twenty minutes?

Chopin's Letters

Author : Frederic Chopin
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Page : 448 pages
File Size : 53,8 Mb
Release : 2013-06-03
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780486319520

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Chopin's Letters by Frederic Chopin Pdf

Nearly 300 letters reveal Chopin as both man and artist and illuminate his fascinating world — Europe of the 1830s and 1840s. "Delightful gossip . . . merry rather than malicious . . . engagingly witty." — Books. Preface. Index.

Chasing Chopin

Author : Annik LaFarge
Publisher : Simon & Schuster
Page : 240 pages
File Size : 40,8 Mb
Release : 2020-08-11
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781501188718

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A modern take on a classical icon: this original, entertaining, well-researched book uses the story of when, where, and how Chopin composed his most famous work, uncovering many surprises along the way and showing how his innovative music still animates popular culture centuries later. The Frédéric Chopin Annik LaFarge presents here is not the melancholy, sickly, romantic figure so often portrayed. The artist she discovered is, instead, a purely independent spirit: an innovator who created a new musical language, an autodidact who became a spiritually generous, trailblazing teacher, a stalwart patriot during a time of revolution and exile. In Chasing Chopin she follows in his footsteps during the three years, 1837–1840, when he composed his iconic “Funeral March”—dum dum da dum—using its composition story to illuminate the key themes of his life: a deep attachment to his Polish homeland; his complex relationship with writer George Sand; their harrowing but consequential sojourn on Majorca; the rapidly developing technology of the piano, which enabled his unique tone and voice; social and political revolution in 1830s Paris; friendship with other artists, from the famous Eugène Delacroix to the lesser known, yet notorious in his time, Marquis de Custine. Each of these threads—musical, political, social, personal—is woven through the “Funeral March” in Chopin’s Opus 35 sonata, a melody so famous it’s known around the world even to people who know nothing about classical music. But it is not, as LaFarge discovered, the piece of music we think we know. As part of her research into Chopin’s world, then and now, LaFarge visited piano makers, monuments, churches, and archives; she talked to scholars, jazz musicians, video game makers, software developers, music teachers, theater directors, and of course dozens of pianists. The result is extraordinary: an engrossing, page-turning work of musical discovery and an artful portrayal of a man whose work and life continue to inspire artists and cultural innovators in astonishing ways. A companion website, WhyChopin, presents links to each piece of music mentioned in the book, organized by chapter in the order in which it appears, along with photos, resources, videos, and more.

Mazurkas

Author : Frédéric Chopin
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Page : 159 pages
File Size : 49,7 Mb
Release : 2013-01-24
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780486171753

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Mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin Pdf

Features 51 best-loved compositions, reproduced directly from the authoritative Kistner edition edited by Carl Mikuli, a pupil of Chopin. Editor's Foreword, 1879.