Chopin and Romantic Music

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The life of Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) is interwoven with an account of nineteenth-century Europe's Romantic movement in music. Many other important Romantic composers are discussed, notably Schubert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. Also shown in words and pictures is the evolution of the modern piano--an instrument much favored by Chopin, Liszt, and many other Romantic composers. Barron's Masters of Music volumes are beautifully illustrated and informative books for older children. They review various aspects...
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Overview

The life of Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) is interwoven with an account of nineteenth-century Europe's Romantic movement in music. Many other important Romantic composers are discussed, notably Schubert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. Also shown in words and pictures is the evolution of the modern piano--an instrument much favored by Chopin, Liszt, and many other Romantic composers. Barron's Masters of Music volumes are beautifully illustrated and informative books for older children. They review various aspects of music's history and discuss the work of important composers. While presenting historical and biographical information, the books also explain details of instrument construction, basic music theory, and the evolution of music's forms. Illustrations show people, places, and instruments within historical contexts, and detailed picture captions and labels explain everything from how instruments produce sound to how an opera is staged. (Ages 11 and older)
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Frédéric Chopin is the featured musician, but music, art, literature and politics are also highlighted to showcase his extraordinary influence on the Romantic Era, as the nineteenth century was known. The pages of this volume, with their lavish illustrations, offer a wealth of information in different fonts, sections, sidebars, and cameo pictures. Here you'll meet the most famous musicians of the time and learn of their connections and rivalries, successes and failures, students and teachers, loves and musical innovations. Most important, you'll absorb the flavor of the European cultural earthquake that broke established forms and struggled to express ideas, nonverbally and freestyle, through music, art and revolution. Since Chopin composed exclusively for the piano and expanded its poetic capacities as did no other pianist, you'll also learn a great deal about the development of this instrument and how it permeated the lives of the middle and upper classes. Chopin's life was a prolific though short and unhappy one. Racked by the tuberculosis, which killed him at 39, his music remains in a class of its own and his name will forever be linked with evocative tonal nuances and his "ability to endlessly vary the different shades of strength, sweetness, and accent" in his playing. Luckily, he doesn't get tarred by the "went mad" verdict which the author or translator uses to paint some less fortunate colleagues. One would wish in this era that a more acceptable phrase had been chosen for the mental instability that often accompanies great artistry. "Masters of Music" series. 2000 (orig. 1999), Barron's, Ages 12 up, $14.95. Reviewer: Judy Chernak
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764151361
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Masters of Music Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.47 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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