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Frederic Chopin 1810-1849 was a Polish composer and pianist and one of the great masters of Romantic music. Most of his works were written for solo piano and they emphasize nuance and expressive depth rather than sheer virtuosity. Chopin invented the instrumental ballade and was responsible for major innovations in the piano sonata, mazurka, waltz, nocturne, polonaise, impromptu and prelude.

Chopin in Paris: The Life and Times of the Romantic Composer  

Having benn born in Poland in 1810, Chopin emigrated to Vienna aged 18 and then moved on to Paris where he was admired and revered by his audiences and where he began a long and tempestuous relationship with the author George Sand. In this book Tad Szulc describes the complex and contradictory genius that was Chopin.

 

 

Letters

Almost 300 leters written by Chopin offer us glimpses into the childhood, the mind, the artidtic life and the tragic love affair he had with the author George Sand.

 

 

The Cambridge Companion to Chopin (Cambridge Companions to Music)  

Twelve essays by leading experts on Chopin make up the three parts of this easily digestible book, which is strongly recommended to students, teachers and researchers alike.The first part deals with the sources upon which Chopin drew to create his music, his predecessors and the social climate of the times, whilst the second part describes his more mature music. In the third part of the book the way Chopin's music lives on is discussed, its reception, criticism and compositional influence.

 

Life of Chopin  

Written by the great composer and performer Franz Liszt this short sketch demonstrates the huge admiration and love felt for his contemporary, Chopin, whose original, delicate,ethereal and subtle music is no less appreciated today.

 

 

 
 

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