Experiencing Chopin: A Listener's Companion by Christine Lee GengaroExperiencing Chopin: A Listener's Companion by Christine Lee Gengaro

Experiencing Chopin: A Listener's Companion

byChristine Lee Gengaro

Hardcover | December 20, 2017

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Fryderyk Chopin's career is intricately entwined with the piano. Although he made forays into orchestral and chamber work, the vast majority of Chopin's pieces feature the piano. While his relatively brief life shortened his potential contribution as a composer, the originality, richness, and quality of his work is undeniable. His harmonies were often surprising, the rhythms flexible, and the music dramatic.In Experiencing Chopin: A Listener's Companion, Christine Lee Gengaro surveys Chopin's position as a composer at a time when the piano stood at the center of musical and social life. Throughout, she shines a spotlight on Chopin and his music, which illuminated the Romantic period in which he lived, the social and artistic climate that surrounded him, and the importance of the individual artist at a time of political foment. Gengaro considers the different genres among Chopin's works, linking each to the historical, social, and biographical issues that shaped them.
Christine Lee Gengaro is professor of music at Los Angeles City College, where she teaches music theory, music history, and voice. An avid writer and researcher, she is a blogger and the program annotator for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She published her first book, Listening to Stanley Kubrick: The Music in His Films, with Scar...
Title:Experiencing Chopin: A Listener's CompanionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 9.31 × 6.31 × 0.75 inPublished:December 20, 2017Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442260866

ISBN - 13:9781442260863

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Table of Contents

Series Editor ForewordPrefaceIntroductionAcknowledgmentsTimelineChapter 1: The Piano LessonChapter 2: Adventures AbroadChapter 3: Two Pianos, Four HandsChapter 4: The Artistic Process of the RomanticChapter 5: "Cannons Among the Flowers"Chapter 6: Yours With All DevotionChapter 7: Chopin and the VoiceChapter 8: Influences, Past and ContemporaryChapter 9: Physical and Mental HealthChapter 10: Chopin in the Twentieth and Twenty-first CenturiesSelected ReadingSelected ListeningGlossaryAbout the Author

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Christine Lee Gengaro peels back the layers of Chopin's life and music, offering fresh insights into his creative approach to teaching piano, his love affair with headstrong novelist George Sand, his famous friends like Schumann and Liszt, his fondness for his native Poland, and his habit of deliberating over every note he left to posterity. This is essential reading for any Chopin enthusiast.