Chopin At The Boundaries / Edition 1

Chopin At The Boundaries / Edition 1

by Jeffrey Kallberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674127919

ISBN-13: 9780674127913

Pub. Date: 01/21/1998

Publisher: Harvard University Press


The complex status of Chopin in our culture--he was a native Pole and adopted Frenchman, and a male composer writing in "feminine" genres--is the subject of Jeffrey Kallberg's absorbing book. Combining social history, literary theory, musicology, and feminist thought, Chopin at the Boundaries is the first book to situate Chopin's music within the construct

Overview


The complex status of Chopin in our culture--he was a native Pole and adopted Frenchman, and a male composer writing in "feminine" genres--is the subject of Jeffrey Kallberg's absorbing book. Combining social history, literary theory, musicology, and feminist thought, Chopin at the Boundaries is the first book to situate Chopin's music within the construct of his somewhat marginal sexual identity and to explore how this should figure in our understanding of his compositional methods. Through this novel approach, Kallberg reveals a new Chopin, one situated precisely where questions of gender open up into the very important question of genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674127913
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/21/1998
Series:
Convergences: Inventories of the Present
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

I. Ideology, Sex, and the Piano Miniature

The Rhetoric of Genre: Chopin's Nocturne in G Minor

The Harmony of the Tea Table: Gender and Ideology in the Piano Nocturne

Small Fairy Voices: Sex, History, and Meaning in Chopin

II. Social Constructions and the Compositional Process

Chopin's Last Style

Small "Forms": In Defense of the Prelude

III. The Musical Work as Social Process

Chopin in the Marketplace

The Chopin "Problem": Simultaneous Variants and Alternate Versions

Notes

Credits

Index

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