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Chopin : Master Musicians (Paperback Oxford) - Jim Samson


Master Musicians (Paperback Oxford)

Paperback Published: 15th March 2001
ISBN: 9780198167037
Number Of Pages: 360

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Celebrating its 100th anniversary, this extraordinary series continues to amaze and captivate its readers with detailed insight into the lives and work of music's geniuses. Unlike other composer biographies that focus narrowly on the music, this series explores the personal history of each composer and the social context surrounding the music. In a precise, engaging, and authoritative manner, each volume combines a vivid portrait of the master musicians' inspirations, influences, life experiences, even their weaknesses, with an accessible discussion of their work-all in roughly 300 pages. Further, each volume offers superb reference material, including a detailed life and times chronology, a complete list of works, a personalia glossary highlighting the important people in the composer's life, and a select bibliography. Under the supervision of music expert and series general editor Stanley Sadie, Master Musicians will certainly proceed to delight music scholars, serious musicians, and all music lovers for another hundred years.
In this profound look at Chopin, Jim Samson interweaves biographical and musical commentary to produce a well-rounded portrait the man and the musician. Incorporating the most recent research, it succeeds in presenting it without recourse to unduly complex technical language. Samson addresses such questions as pedagogy, musical influences, and pianistic idiom. He examines the composer's mature musical style, considers his unique approach to the genres of nineteenth-century piano music, and investigates the nature of his compositional process as revealed through manuscripts and early printed scores. Readers to understand why this frail and fastidious musician from Warsaw, whose music is so immensely refined and innovatory, has captured the imagination of generations of music lovers the world over.

Industry Reviews

Jim Samson's engaging biography is interwoven--in the best tradition of the invaluable Master Musicians series ... with chapters devoted to a comprehensive chronological survey of the music, plus a list of works, a calendar of the composer's life and times ... vividly written biography. The Musical Times

In his homeland
`A virtuoso in his own right' - Pedagogy and other influences
New frontiers
`A rebirth of pianistic art' - Chopin's piano writing
The best society
`A new world for myself' - issues in musical style
Years of refuge
`The perfection of art...' - Chopin's genres
`Simplicity itself' - Compositional process: sketches, fair copies, editions
Images of Chopin
List of Works
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780198167037
ISBN-10: 0198167032
Series: Master Musicians (Paperback Oxford)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 15th March 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Type: New edition