Login       My Wishlist
  My Cart
$0.00 / 0 items
 
Active Social Books
Presenting You With Books Worth Checking Out
 
International Access
Global Shipping Options Available
  Our Catalog   Sheet Music & Scores   Composers   Chopin

Chopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument that Transformed Music


Super Savings Item! Save 31% on the Chopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument that Transformed Music by W. W. Norton & Company at Active Social Books. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. The captivating story of Frédéric Chopin and the fate of both his Mallorquin piano and musical Romanticism from the early nineteenth to the


Product Description

The captivating story of Frédéric Chopin and the fate of both his Mallorquin piano and musical Romanticism from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

In November 1838, Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. They settled in an abandoned monastery at Valldemossa in the mountains above Palma where Chopin finished what would eventually be recognized as one of the great and revolutionary works of musical Romanticism: his twenty-four Preludes. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island (these were still early days in the evolution of the modern instrument), so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman, Juan Bauza, which remained in their monastic cell for seventy years after he and Sand had left.

Chopin’s Piano traces the history of Chopin’s twenty-four Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them, and the traditions they came to represent. Yet it begins and ends with the Majorcan pianino, which assumed an astonishing cultural potency during the Second World War as it became, for the Nazis, a symbol of the man and music they were determined to appropriate as their own.

After Chopin, the unexpected hero of Chopin’s Piano is the great keyboard player Wanda Landowska, who rescued the pianino from Valldemossa in 1913, and who would later become one of the most influential artistic figures of the twentieth century. Paul Kildea shows how her story―a compelling account based for the first time on her private papers―resonates with Chopin’s, simultaneously distilling part of the cultural and political history of mid-twentieth century Europe and the United States. After Landowska’s flight to America from Paris, which the Germans would occupy only days later, her possessions―including her rare music manuscripts and beloved keyboards―were seized by the Nazis. Only some of these belongings survived the war; those that did were recovered by the Allied armies’ Monuments Men and restituted to Landowska’s house in France.

In scintillating prose, and with an eye for exquisite detail, Kildea beautifully interweaves these narratives, which comprise a journey through musical Romanticism―one that illuminates how art is transmitted, interpreted, and appropriated between generations.

30 illustrations

Additional Information

Manufacturer:W. W. Norton & Company
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company
Studio:W. W. Norton & Company
EAN:9780393652222
Item Size:1.3 x 9.6 x 9.6 inches
Package Weight:1.48 pounds
Package Size:6.61 x 1.26 x 1.26 inches

Chopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument that Transformed Music by W. W. Norton & Company

Buy Now:
Chopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument that Transformed Music

Brand: W. W. Norton & Company
4.4 out of 5 stars with 34 reviews
Condition: New
Lead Time: 1 - 2 Business Days
Availability: In Stock
$27.95
$19.53
You Save: 30%


Quantity:  

 


View More In Chopin.

 


Have questions about this item, or would like to inquire about a custom or bulk order?


If you have any questions about this product by W. W. Norton & Company, contact us by completing and submitting the form below. If you are looking for a specif part number, please include it with your message.

First Name:
Last Last:
Email Address:
Your Message:

Related Best Sellers


By Editions Salabert
mpn: SLB5933, ean: 9781495000737, isbn: 1495000737,
(Piano). Study edition with commentary in English by Alfred Cortot....

By Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
mpn: 1725200, ean: 9781480390669, isbn: 1480390666,
(PWM). The most famous and popular edition of Chopin's works prepared by I. J. Paderewski, L. Bronarski and J. Turczynski. The edition has been based primarily on Chopin's autograph manuscripts, copies approved by him and first editions. The principa...

By G. Schirmer, Inc.
mpn: HL50260070, ean: 9781458405906, isbn: 1458405907,
(Piano Collection). Contents: Fantaisie, Op. 49 * Scherzo in B Flat Minor, Op. 31 * Scherzo in B Minor * Scherzo in C# Minor, Op. 39 * Scherzo in E, Op. 54....

By Schott
mpn: SCHED22459-01, ean: 9783795710453, isbn: 3795710456,
Passion, elegance and melancholy! It is these qualities that make Chopin so popular with pianists around the world. A lot of Chopin's music is quite technically demanding, but thanks to the suitable fingerings of the composer, most figures are comfor...

By Brand: Eulenburg
sku: 1001-WS1501-A01010-3795762804, mpn: ETP1216, ean: 9783795762803, isbn: 3795762804,
(Schott). Chopin's Piano Concertos have often been criticized for their orchestration. In the past this has frequently led to changes or complete re-workings of the instrumentation. But on closer examination Chopin's own versions contain many sophist...

By Brand: Amadeus Press
mpn: 5399893255, ean: 9781574671483, isbn: 1574671480,
(Unlocking the Masters). Frederic Chopin died a famous man with his place in the musical pantheon secure. Yet the works that were once most popular tended to be his lightest and least challenging, leading many listeners and critics to view him as a m...

By PWM Edition
mpn: 51600024, ean: 9781480390843, isbn: 1480390844,
(PWM). The Grande Polonaise-for piano and orchestra is brilliant, showy and spectacular. The central section is in the character of a nocturne, Andante spinato, and creates a subtle mood that is destroyed by the stormy rhythms of the polonaise. This ...

By CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ean: 9781719074513, isbn: 1719074518,
     This book contains 98 works of the great Polish composer Frederic Chopin. It is the first of 3 volumes of the complete works of his and is comprised mainly of scans of pre 1923 sheet music by various music publishers containing original ...

By Snowball Publishing
ean: 9781607962465, isbn: 1607962462,
This new volume presents 26 preludes, 21 nocturnes and 19 waltzes - a large amount of music at a value price. There are new urtext editions of seven pieces included: Prelude in A-flat Major, Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Nocturne in C minor, and Waltzes...

By Music Sales
mpn: AM71747, ean: 9780711915220, isbn: 0711915229,
(Music Sales America). 24 great compositions from the pen of Chopin in easy-to-play arrangements. Includes many of his classic pieces such as: Berceuse * Prelude (Raindrop) * Etude No. 3 * and more....



Privacy Policy / Terms of Service
© 2018 - activesocialbooks.com. All Rights Reserved.