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Unlocking the Masters #11: Chopin - A Listener's Guide to the Master of the Piano: Unlocking the Masters Series

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Book News Annotation:

The music of the composer Frédéric Chopin is the subject of this volume aimed at general readers. Lederer, a music critic and writer, discusses Chopin's life in the first chapter and his musical style in subsequent chapters arranged by genre, including etudes and preludes, music for piano and orchestra, waltzes, sonatas, and polonaises. He details the character of various pieces, when they were composed, and delves into themes and forms. A CD of 15 of Chopin's compositions is provided, and tracks are referred to in the text for simultaneous listening.
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Book News Annotation:

The music of the composer Frédéric Chopin is the subject of this volume aimed at general readers. Lederer, a music critic and writer, discusses Chopin's life in the first chapter and his musical style in subsequent chapters arranged by genre, including etudes and preludes, music for piano and orchestra, waltzes, sonatas, and polonaises. He details the character of various pieces, when they were composed, and delves into themes and forms. A CD of 15 of Chopin's compositions is provided, and tracks are referred to in the text for simultaneous listening. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Frederic Chopin died a famous man with his place in the musical pantheon secure. Yet the works that were once most popular tended to be his lightest and least challenging, leading many listeners and critics to view him as a miniaturist and composer for the salon. The bold pieces now revered as his masterpieces-the epic and tragic structures of the ballades, scherzos, polonaises, and sonatas, and the compact but daring preludes and mazurkas-were rarely played and poorly understood. In fact, a larger proportion of Chopin's pieces are now in the active repertory than that of any composer. Chopin - A Listener's Guide to the Master of the Piano takes a detailed tour through the life and oeuvre of the sovereign master of the keyboard. The composer's metabolic adaptation of the melodic structures of Italian opera and the folk music of his native Poland for the resources of the piano are examined in detail, as are the originality and boldness he displayed throughout his tragically short, astonishing career. The book is accompanied by a CD containing 15 complete compositions (and one full movement from his Piano Sonata No. 2) performed by pianist Idil Biret, from her complete survey of the composer's music on the Naxos label.

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ISBN:
9781574671483
Author:
Lederer, Victor
Publisher:
Amadeus Press
Composer:
Chopin, Frederic
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Composers
Subject:
Chopin, Frederic
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Appreciation
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Series:
Unlocking the Masters
Series Volume:
11
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
142
Dimensions:
9.00x6.06x.41 in. .63 lbs.

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruction and Study » Music Appreciation

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"Synopsis" by , Frederic Chopin died a famous man with his place in the musical pantheon secure. Yet the works that were once most popular tended to be his lightest and least challenging, leading many listeners and critics to view him as a miniaturist and composer for the salon. The bold pieces now revered as his masterpieces-the epic and tragic structures of the ballades, scherzos, polonaises, and sonatas, and the compact but daring preludes and mazurkas-were rarely played and poorly understood. In fact, a larger proportion of Chopin's pieces are now in the active repertory than that of any composer. Chopin - A Listener's Guide to the Master of the Piano takes a detailed tour through the life and oeuvre of the sovereign master of the keyboard. The composer's metabolic adaptation of the melodic structures of Italian opera and the folk music of his native Poland for the resources of the piano are examined in detail, as are the originality and boldness he displayed throughout his tragically short, astonishing career. The book is accompanied by a CD containing 15 complete compositions (and one full movement from his Piano Sonata No. 2) performed by pianist Idil Biret, from her complete survey of the composer's music on the Naxos label.
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