Chopin: An Index of His Works in Chronological Order

Chopin: An Index of His Works in Chronological Order

Chopin: An Index of His Works in Chronological Order

Chopin: An Index of His Works in Chronological Order

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This book has been written to fill a gap in the Chopin literature. There is no lack, in fact there is a superfluity, of books dealing with the aesthetic appreciation of the works of the Polish composer, and with the interpretation of his works; there are several good, albeit incomplete, biographies of the man; there is one outstanding book containing full details of the bibliographical literature, by Bronisław Sydow. But of books devoted to a basic survey of Chopin's works, in chronological order, providing all known details of composition and publication, there is none.

I have gone to original sources, wherever possible, to obtain these details. The only reason why I have not produced the discovered information with the title of 'Thematic Catalogue' is that I have no wish to suggest that Chopin's compositions stand in any need of a catalogue number, and certainly no desire that each of his works should be labelled with an initial and a number, as those of Mozart and Schubert have been. In their cases it is essential, and the Köchel and Deutsch numbers supply a vital need. Chopin's opus numbers are a quite reliable guide to chronology, and are, in themselves, perfectly adequate for identification purposes.

But for the student, performer or critic of Chopin, to say nothing of the librarian, bookseller or collector, there is no ready means of reference to his individual works. The Index to be found in the following pages not only Presents a survey of his works, chronologically set out, but also provides a ready and instantly obtained series of essential facts about each work.

These facts embody the dates and places of composition; the date of publication of all the first editions (in the case of . . .

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