Frédéric Chopin

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The Polish composer Frédéric Chopin is widely revered today as one of the foremost figures of the Romantic period. Although he wrote almost exclusively for the piano, Chopin has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, celebrated for his melodic mastery and fastidious craftsmanship. Influenced by Polish folk music, the classical tradition of J. S. Bach and Mozart, as well as the atmosphere of the Paris salons of which he was a frequent guest, Chopin produced concerti, mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises, études, scherzos and preludes. His innovations in style, harmony and musical form would have a lasting influence on the late Romantic period. Delphi’s Great Composers Series offers concise illustrated guides to the life and works of our greatest composers. Analysing the masterworks of each composer, these interactive eBooks include links to popular streaming services, allowing you to listen to the pieces of music you are reading about. Evaluating the masterworks of each composer, you will explore the development of their works, tracing how they changed the course of music history. Whether a classical novice or a cultivated connoisseur, this series offers an intriguing overview of the world’s most famous and iconic compositions. This volume presents Chopin’s masterworks in succinct detail, with informative introductions, accompanying illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus features. (Version 1)

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* Concise and informative overview of Chopin’s masterworks
* Learn about the classical pieces that made Chopin a celebrated composer
* Links to popular streaming services (free and paid), allowing you to listen to the masterpieces you’re reading about
* Features a special ‘Complete Compositions’ section, with an index of Chopin’s complete works and links to popular streaming services
* Includes a selection of Chopin’s letters in Maurycy Karasowski’s seminal biography
* Six biographies on the great composer – explore Chopin’s intriguing musical and personal life

CONTENTS:

The Masterworks
Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major, Op.3
Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, Op.22
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op.21
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op.11
Nocturnes, Op.9
Études, Op.10
Waltz No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op.18, Grande valse brillante
Fantasy-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op.66
Mazurkas, Op.33
Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op.31
24 Preludes, Op.28
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op.35
Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op.47
Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Major, Op.53
Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op.57
Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op.60
Waltzes, Op.64
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op.65

Complete Compositions
Index of Chopin’s Compositions

The Biographies and Letters
Life of Chopin by Franz Liszt
Frederick Chopin, as a Man and Musician by Frederick Niecks
Frederic Chopin: His Life, Letters, and Works by Maurycy Karasowski
Frederic Chopin by Harriette Brower
Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
Chopin and the Countess Delphine Potocka by Gustav Kobbé

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