Chopin: The Man and His Music (Dover Books on Music)

Chopin: The Man and His Music (Dover Books on Music)

James Huneker


James Gibbon Huneker (1857–1921) was once a distinctive American newspaper critic, an essayist, and a prolific writer. His writing sort is extraordinary — unrestrained, casual, filled with excellent perception — and this type plus Huneker's extensive wisdom of paintings and literature in addition to song has saved his literacy paintings alive. Chopin: the guy and His Music displays the intimate, thorough wisdom of Chopin's track that Huneker received whereas learning to be a live performance pianist and his surprisingly willing perception into the nature of the good Polish composer whose tune he adored.
The ebook is split into components. the 1st treats Chopin's lifestyles — his early life in Poland, his emigration to Paris, the recognized George Sand episode, his disorder and loss of life — and reviews on Chopin as a instructor and as a pianist and performer. the second one half discusses the full physique of Chopin's tune, piece by means of piece. Huneker notes his personal total influence of the person compositions in addition to the impressions of Schumann, George Sand, Chopin's biographer Frederick Niecks, a number of the nice pianists, and others. He at once compares differing variations of Chopin's Études, Preludes, Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Polonaises, Sonatas, and different works edited by means of von Bülow, Kullak, Riemann, Mikuli, and Godowsky of their targeted therapy of fingering, phraseology, pedaling, pace indication, and so forth.
Huneker's whole paintings is reprinted the following unchanged, completely edited in working footnotes via Herbert Weinstock to right the exuberant Huneker's inaccuracies and so as to add info that glossy musical scholarship has unearthed. Weinstock has additionally supplied an engrossing introductory essay on Huneker, and has amplified the bibliography to incorporate sleek books and articles on Chopin.
A vintage in musical biography and statement, this paintings is unsurpassed for sympathetic knowing and perception into Chopin's lifestyles and song. it's going to curiosity both track scholars, pianists, and track lovers.

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