Music and Chess: Apollo Meets Caissa

Music and Chess: Apollo Meets Caissa

by Achilleas Zographos

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ISBN-13: 9781941270721
Publisher: Russell Enterprises, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/23/2017
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

After completing his music studies in Greece, Achilleas Zographos pursued post graduate studies in Germany, at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen with a major in piano performance. He has authored the handbook Reflections and Proposals in the Practice of Music (in Greek). Articles by him have appeared in the established music journal Classical Music Review.

Achilleas is also a certified chess trainer for the International Chess Federation (FIDE). At his peak, an Elo rating of 2204 was good enough to place him among the top 100 Greek chessplayers.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Symbols and terms 8

Prologue 9

1 Introduction 10

2 Definitions 12

3 Historical review 16

4 Chess notation 27

5 An enigmatic report 34

6 Exploring similarities 36

7 Components

7.1 Time, rhythm and tempo 49

7.2 Melody and movement 53

7.3 Harmony 57

7.4 Texture 62

7.5 Structure: The architecture of pawn chains 69

76 Structure: I. Sonata form II. Jazz standard 72

7.7 Timbre/color 76

8 Complexity 78

9 Paradox 82

10 Humor 96

11 Fictional dialogue 101

12 Chess, geometry and art: Circles and the fabulous knight 103

13 Imagination and mysticism 110

14 Philidor and Rameau: A connecting theory 124

15 Richard Reti and atonality 127

16 Arnold Schönberg's Coalition Chess 131

17 Sergey Prokofiev's passion 133

18 John Cage and Marcel Duchamp: Reunion 136

19 Mark Taimanov: Stepping on two peaks 143

20 Vasily Smyslov: I became accustomed to thinking of chess as an art 147

21 Mikhail Tal: I prefer to compare chess with music 150

22 Vladimir Kramnik: Almost all musicians play chess 155

23 Levon Aronian: I've got a maniacal affection for jazz 161

24 Other noteworthy personalities 167

25 Ludwig - a program combining chess and music 175

26 Valeri Tsaturian and the invention of chessmusic 178

27 Guido van der Werve's chess-piano 182

28 Perfectionism 184

29 Variations on a theme 188

30 Quotations 194

Epilogue 199

Common Terms in Music and Chess 201

Bibliography 206

Links 211

Index of names 213

Index of videos or youtube channels 220

Picture credits 221

About the author 224

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