Chopin: The Piano Concertos

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Chopin's E minor and F minor Piano Concertos played a vital role in his career as a composer-pianist. This Handbook reevaluates them so that their many outstanding qualities can be fully appreciated. It describes their genesis, Chopin's own performances and his use of them as a t eacher. A survey of their critical, editorial and performance histories follows, in preparation for an engaging narrative analysis of the concertos as embodied in sound. The final chapter investigates Chopin's enigmatic 'third concerto', the Allegro de concert.
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'John Rink maintains the high standards of previous handbooks in the series. The book is extremely informative and well documented, and Rink's concise prose is nicely varied in tone, whether historical, analytical, or as in some places, highly personal in interpretation. Directed at a wide audience of performers, academics and general readers, Rink's perceptive musical insights carry the authority of both scholar and skilled performer.' National Early Music Association
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521441094
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Contexts 1
The early nineteenth-century piano concerto 1
Chopin's early music 6
2 Creation 12
Genesis 12
First performances, first reviews, first editions 14
Chopin as teacher 22
3 Interpretation 25
On interpreting Chopin 25
Critics 26
Editors 31
Performers 38
4 Re-evaluation 45
Principles and premises 45
Op. 21, Maestoso 47
Op. 21, Larghetto 53
Op. 21, Allegro vivace 57
Op. 11, Allegro maestoso 63
Op. 11, Romance 73
Op. 11, Rondo 79
Coda 85
5 Chopin's third concerto 88
Contexts 88
Creation 89
Interpretation 92
Re-evaluation 95
App. 1 Reviews of Chopin's performances 101
App. 2 Select editions 103
App. 3 Select discography 105
Notes 108
Select bibliography 131
Index 134
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