Liszts Chopin: A New Edition: Translated from the French, edited and with a preface by Meirion Hughes

Liszts Chopin: A New Edition: Translated from the French, edited and with a preface by Meirion Hughes

by Meirion Hughes
ISBN-10:
0719083516
ISBN-13:
9780719083518
Pub. Date:
01/15/2011
Publisher:
Manchester University Press

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Liszts Chopin: A New Edition: Translated from the French, edited and with a preface by Meirion Hughes


Passionate and pioneering, Liszt's biography of Chopin flaunts its author's celebrity while straddling the divide between the scholarly and the popular. In this volume Meirion Hughes combines a new translation of the first edition with an introduction that places the work in its cultural and political context.

In his introduction Hughes explores the complex relationship between the two composers, the highly charged political context in which the book was written, and the discourse of cultural nationalism and progressivism that dominates content. He argues that Chopin (put in italics) was more than a tribute to an erstwhile friend, but rather a polemic of national music rooted in the politics of that 'year of revolutions', 1848-9.

Hughes remains faithful to the original while putting clarity before strict adherence to what is, by general agreement, a quirky text. Controversial in its approach, Liszt's 'Chopin' challenges the long-held view of the memoir is as lightweight, inaccurate portrait of its subject, but rather as one of the most important and daring musical biographies of the nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719083518
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 01/15/2011
Edition description: New
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Meirion Hughes is a freelance historian and writer

Table of Contents

List of figures

Acknowledgements

Translator's note

Liszt's 'Chopin'

Part One: Introduction

I. 'Comrades' and 'Friends'

II. 'Men of the Future'

III. Voices

IV. Some Contexts and Conclusions

Part Two: Text

F.Chopin

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Bibliography

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