Chopin, Music and Letters

Chopin’s life was regrettably short but his output was prolific both in musical compositions and letters. His music has long brought pleasure to listeners whether the compositions be waltzes, mazurkas, études, preludes, nocturnes, ballades, impromptus for solo piano or solo piano combined with orchestra in his two concerti. His letters are not at all dry but very engaging and open the door for us to experience his relationships with a range of friends and family and publishers both in his native Poland and in France and other parts of Europe. His music and letters reveal the warmth, generosity of spirit and depth of feeling of this master of the piano.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

SUGGESTED READING

  • Paul Kildea, Chopin’s Piano (2019)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The letters are many and often quite long. A selection will be read over the length of the course in chronological order.
  • Letters, in particular, to publishers and any others mentioning his compositions will be illustrated by the music when possible.
  • Music: We shall start with Rondo, Op 1, 1825 and make our way to Chopin’s last compositions in 1846/47.
  • The 24 Preludes, Op 28, will be featured in conjunction with Chopin’s relationship with George Sand, in conjunction with a Musica Viva concert in November.
  • The different musical forms that Chopin used will be examined and contrasted with those used by contemporaneous composers.
  • The works will be played by outstanding musicians such as Martha Argerich, Yvgeny Kissin, Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang and others.
$232 Limited / $209

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13 Oct

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