Three main themes are addressed; reception history, aesthetics and criticism, and performance studies.
This second volume of essays in Chopin Studies contains Chopin research by twelve leading scholars. Three main topics are addressed: reception history, aesthetics and criticism, and performance studies. The first four chapters investigate certain images associated with Chopin during his lifetime and after his death: Chopin as classical composer, as salon composer, as modernist, as 'otherwordly', as androgyne. The next four essays contextualize and define aspects of his musical language, including narrative stuctures, baroque affinities, progressive tendencies and functional ambiguity. The last four deal with analysis and source study as related to performance, structure and expression, tempo rubato and 'authentic' interpretation. The book ends with a thumbnail sketch of Chopin as revealed in a recently discovered diary for 1847-8.
Table of Contents
1. Chopin reception: theory, history, analysis
2. Chopin as 'salon composer' in
nineteenth-century German criticism Andreas
3. Chopin as modernist in nineteenth-century
Russia Anne Swartz
4. Small fairy voices: sex, history and meaning
in Chopin Jeffrey Kallberg
5. Chopin's Ballade Op. 23 and the revolution
of the intellectuals Karol Berger
6. The Polonaise-Fantasy and issues of musical
narrative Anthony Newcomb
7. Placing Chopin: reflections on a
compositional aesthetic Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger
8. Ambiguity and reinterpretation in Chopin
Edward T. Cone
9. The Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4:
autograph sources and interpretation Carl
10. Performing the F# minor Prelude Op. 28 No.
8 L. Henry Shaffer
11. Chopin's tempo rubato in context David
12. Authentic Chopin: history, analysis and
intuition in performance John Rink
Appendix. Encounters with Chopin: Fanny
Erskine's Paris Diary, 1847-8 Jeremy Barlow.