Frederic Chopin: A Guide to Research

Frederic Chopin: A Guide to Research

Frederic Chopin: A Guide to Research

Frederic Chopin: A Guide to Research

Synopsis

Important books, articles, reviews, and theses on Fr d ric Chopin (1810-1849) in Western European languages and in Polish are cited; selected references in languages such as Russian, Czech, and Japanese are included as well. The Chopin legend is considered through studies of the performance tradition and a discography of recent and reissued recordings. Short essays outline the historiography of Chopin research and the current direction of scholarship. Index.

Excerpt

Our understanding of Frédéric Chopin as a man and musician is marked with ambiguities. There are contradictions between his public and private styles, and his tranformations of popular genres. The known events of his life and relationships have long stimulated the imaginations of writers. Unusual tonal and structural elements of the music have given scholars much to ponder while they sort through the revisions that Chopin made to musical texts through creative and publishing processes. As a result of the quest to come to terms with the composer and his music, an immense body of literature has been published on Frédéric Chopin since his life-time. Fortunately, bibliographies compiled by earlier scholars have classified the many books and articles about the composer and his music. Supplements to these Chopin bibliographies continue to offer excellent guidance for contemporary scholars. Nevertheless, these research tools do not include annotations nor other assessments of the content and value of this literature.

Frédéric Chopin: A Guide to Research is not intended as an exhaustive review of the immense body of literature on the composer, but as a resource identifying key directions in Chopin scholarship for scholars and other musicians new to Chopin studies. I have reviewed selected references in European and Slavic languages (English, German, French, Polish, and to a lesser extent Italian, Russian, and Czech) which are likely to provide assistance and information. The research guide concentrates on post-World War II scholarship and attempts to isolate trends in recent research. Some of the references are easily consulted in most prominent music libraries, whereas other specialized publications, although of

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