Chopin: The Four Ballades

Chopin: The Four Ballades

by Jim Samson
     
 

Chopin's four ballades are widely regarded as being among the most significant extended works for solo piano of the nineteenth century. In a wide-ranging and illuminating discussion, Jim Samson combines history and analysis to provide the reader with a comprehensive picture of these popular piano works.

He begins by investigating the social and musical background

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Overview

Chopin's four ballades are widely regarded as being among the most significant extended works for solo piano of the nineteenth century. In a wide-ranging and illuminating discussion, Jim Samson combines history and analysis to provide the reader with a comprehensive picture of these popular piano works.

He begins by investigating the social and musical background to Chopin's unique style. He describes the manuscript sources and evaluates the many subsequent printed editions, then considers the critical reception of the ballades and the differing interpretations of well-known nineteenth- and twentieth-century pianists.

The final two chapters examine the music of all four works analytically. There is a clearly presented formal synopsis of each ballade in turn, followed by a discussion of the works collectively which explores Chopin's own conception of the title 'ballade' and how it may be understood as a musical genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521386159
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1992
Series:
Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
116
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1Background1
Social history1
Stylistic history5
Ballade No. 17
Ballades Nos. 2-414
2Genesis and reception20
Sources20
Editions26
Critics33
Pianists38
3Form and design45
Ballade No. 1, Op. 2345
Ballade No. 2, Op. 3851
Ballade No. 3, Op. 4756
Ballade No. 4, Op. 5262
4Genre69
Theories69
Cycles72
Structures76
Narratives81
Notes88
Select bibliography98
Index101

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