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Chopin at the Boundaries: Sex, History, and Musical Genre / Edition 1
     

Chopin at the Boundaries: Sex, History, and Musical Genre / Edition 1

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by Jeffrey Kallberg
 

ISBN-10: 0674127919

ISBN-13: 9780674127913

Pub. Date: 01/21/1998

Publisher: Harvard


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

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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
Publication date:
01/21/1998
Series:
Convergences: Inventories of the Present Series , #18
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (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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Chopin at the Boundaries: Sex, History, and Musical Genre 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Beirut768 More than 1 year ago
For instance, Aurore Dupin, pseudonym George Sand, the French novelist - later Baroness Dudevant - who wrote in masculine genres, was grotesque in her absurd ideas of love and she tortured the Polish Chopin who mainly composed in feminine styles.

Chopin must have felt her mind was a region utterly difficult to penetrate under the best of circumstances (she was six years his senior) hence the approaches he made to her daughter Solenge.

Chopin, fearing to be in the shadow of the strong willed George Sand of aristocratic lineage (through her father) and a distant relative of Louis XVI, would have none of it. Both were unhappily powerless.