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Frédéric Chopin : a guide to research
Smialek, William.
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Publication Information:
New York : Garland Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
xiii, 191 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Reading Level:
800 Lexile.
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ML134.C54 S65 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Important books, articles, reviews, and theses on Fr d ric Chopin (1810-1849) in Western European languages and in Polish are cited; selected references in languages such as Russian, Czech, and Japanese are included as well. The Chopin legend is considered through studies of the performance tradition and a discography of recent and reissued recordings. Short essays outline the historiography of Chopin research and the current direction of scholarship. Index.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

The body of literature on Chopin is immense. Not only is there a huge number of popular biographies, but Chopin's innovative approaches to harmony and structure have occasioned stimulating monographs and articles from musicologists and theorists. Although Chopin scholars have exercised excellent bibliographic control, this is the first annotated research guide. Smialek (Midway College, KY), who compiled an admirable Polish music bibliography, Polish Music: a Research and Information Guide (CH, Mar'90), is well suited to this task. The carefully annotated bibliography, which concentrates on post-WW II scholarship, is preceded by a chronological biographical sketch and supplemented by a select discography of compact discs and a chronological catalog of letters to, from, and about Chopin. Although the discography contains an excellent representation of different styles of Chopin performance, compilations of this sort soon become obsolete, since recordings are issued and deleted with astonishing frequency. The catalog of letters is especially valuable, since Chopin's correspondence is the most important source of information about his life and activities. Highly recommended for both researchers and students. D. Ossenkop; emeritus, SUNY College at Potsdam

Table of Contents

Composer Resource Manualsp. v
Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1 Biography: a Chronology of Events in Chopin's Lifep. 3
Chapter 2 Reference Worksp. 9
Chapter 3 Life of the Composerp. 23
Chapter 4 Works of the Composerp. 59
Chapter 5 The Chopin Legendp. 119
Chapter 6 Discographyp. 125
Chapter 7 Lettersp. 137
Author Indexp. 179
Work Indexp. 185
Subject Indexp. 187
About the Authorp. 191