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The Resource Chopin's piano : a journey through Romanticism, Paul Kildea

Chopin's piano : a journey through Romanticism, Paul Kildea

Label
Chopin's piano : a journey through Romanticism
Title
Chopin's piano
Title remainder
a journey through Romanticism
Statement of responsibility
Paul Kildea
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In November 1838 Frédéric Chopin, George Sand and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. They settled in an abandoned monastery at Valldemossa in the mountains above Palma where Chopin finished what would eventually be recognised as one of the great and revolutionary works of musical Romanticism - his 24 Preludes. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island (these were still early days in the evolution of the modern instrument), so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman, which remained in their monastic cell for seventy years after he and Sand had left. This brilliant and unclassifiable book traces the history of Chopin's 24 Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them and the traditions they came to represent. Yet it begins and ends with the Majorcan pianino, which during the Second World War assumed an astonishing cultural potency as it became, for the Nazis, a symbol of the man and music they were determined to appropriate as their own. The unexpected hero of the second part of the book is the great keyboard player and musical thinker Wanda Landowska, who rescued the pianino from Valldemossa in 1913, and who would later become one of the most influential artistic figures of the twentieth century. Kildea shows how her story - a compelling account based for the first time on her private papers - resonates with Chopin's, all the while simultaneously distilling part of the cultural and political history of Europe and the United States in the central decades of the century. Kildea's beautifully interwoven narratives, part cultural history and part detective story, take us on an unexpected journey through musical Romanticism and allow us to reflect freshly on the changing meaning of music over time
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
AU@
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kildea, Paul Francis
Dewey number
780.92
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • music
  • facsimiles
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.C54
LC item number
K43 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Chopin, Frédéric
  • Chopin, Frédéric
  • Landowska, Wanda
  • Piano
  • Composers
  • Pianists
Target audience
general
Label
Chopin's piano : a journey through Romanticism, Paul Kildea
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 349 pages
Isbn
9780241187944
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, facsimiles, music, portraits
System control number
  • on1041192695
  • (OCoLC)1041192695
Label
Chopin's piano : a journey through Romanticism, Paul Kildea
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 349 pages
Isbn
9780241187944
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, facsimiles, music, portraits
System control number
  • on1041192695
  • (OCoLC)1041192695

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