Chopin

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Celebrating its 100th anniversary, this extraordinary series continues to amaze and captivate its readers with detailed insight into the lives and work of music's geniuses. Unlike other composer biographies that focus narrowly on the music, this series explores the personal history of each composer and the social context surrounding the music. In a precise, engaging, and authoritative manner, each volume combines a vivid portrait of the master musicians' inspirations, influences, life experiences, even their ...

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Overview

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, this extraordinary series continues to amaze and captivate its readers with detailed insight into the lives and work of music's geniuses. Unlike other composer biographies that focus narrowly on the music, this series explores the personal history of each composer and the social context surrounding the music. In a precise, engaging, and authoritative manner, each volume combines a vivid portrait of the master musicians' inspirations, influences, life experiences, even their weaknesses, with an accessible discussion of their work-all in roughly 300 pages. Further, each volume offers superb reference material, including a detailed life and times chronology, a complete list of works, a personalia glossary highlighting the important people in the composer's life, and a select bibliography. Under the supervision of music expert and series general editor Stanley Sadie, Master Musicians will certainly proceed to delight music scholars, serious musicians, and all music lovers for another hundred years.
In this profound look at Chopin, Jim Samson interweaves biographical and musical commentary to produce a well-rounded portrait the man and the musician. Incorporating the most recent research, it succeeds in presenting it without recourse to unduly complex technical language. Samson addresses such questions as pedagogy, musical influences, and pianistic idiom. He examines the composer's mature musical style, considers his unique approach to the genres of nineteenth-century piano music, and investigates the nature of his compositional process as revealed through manuscripts and early printed scores. Readers to understand why this frail and fastidious musician from Warsaw, whose music is so immensely refined and innovatory, has captured the imagination of generations of music lovers the world over.

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A look at the life and work of the great pianist and composer -- from his birth in Poland and eventful flight in the wake of the Polish rebellion against the Russians, through his life in Paris and his ill-fated love affair with George Sand, to his eventual death of tuberculosis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198167037
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/15/2001
  • Series: Master Musicians Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,356,275
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly Professor of Musicology at Exeter University, Jim Samson has been Professor of Music at Bristol University since 1994. He has published extensively on Chopin and is regarded internationally as a leading authority on the composer.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. In his homeland
2. 'A virtuoso in his own right' - Pedagogy and other influences
3. New frontiers
4. 'A rebirth of pianistic art' - Chopin's piano writing
5. The best society
6. 'A new world for myself' - issues in musical style
7. Years of refuge
8. 'The perfection of art...' - Chopin's genres
9. Twilight
10. 'Simplicity itself' - Compositional process: sketches, fair copies, editions
11. Images of Chopin
Appendices
A Calendar B List of Works C Personalia D Select bibliography Index

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