All vocal Chopin

View previous topic View next topic Go down

All vocal Chopin

Post  pinhedz on Sun May 22, 2011 10:45 am

pinhedz




Eddie

Chopin: Prince of the Romantics by Adam Zamoyski – review

A revisionary biography of Chopin succeeds in reminding us of his extraordinariness

Guy Dammann The Observer, Sunday 27 March 2011



Chopin photographed a few months before his death in 1849.

"A great, grrreat piece of news is that Little Chip-Chip is going to give a grrreat concert," wrote the cigar-smoking, larger-than-life George Sand in 1841. The news was indeed significant, because Chip-Chip – one of Sand's numerous nicknames for her unlikely lover, Frédéric Chopin – had all but retired from the concert platform. "He doesn't want any posters, he doesn't want any programmes, he doesn't want anyone to talk about it. He is afraid of so many things that I have suggested he play without candles, without an audience on a mute piano."



Chopin by Adam Zamoyski

In the event, the concert, given to an audience of some 300 friends and admirers, was a great success. The tone of the reviews – "heart and genius alone speak" and "[Chopin] should not and cannot be compared with anyone" – shows how the cultish aura surrounding the composer-pianist was well on its way to becoming a fully fledged religion.

Both then and now, Chopin has always been a largely mythical creature. Child prodigy, divinely inspired improviser, poetic genius, his posthumous reputation has been claimed by Poles, French and even Germans, and told in biographies, novels, poems and an opera. During his lifetime, his person was thought to partake of something otherworldly; during ours, his grave remains a place of pilgrimage and veneration.

As in his works of political history, Adam Zamoyski's mission in this biography, an expanded and revised version of his 1979 study of the composer, is a revisionary one: to sweep away the mythical cobwebs. The aim to demystify, however, only half succeeds: in matter-of-fact but still lively prose, Zamoyski sheds balanced light on the composer's physical condition, and the role of his Polish origins in shaping his musical sensibilities, but the book still retains the outlines of a romantic biography, predicated on the journey towards death as the apotheosis of genius.

But this is in many respects one of its merits. The extraordinariness of Chopin is something we tend to forget nowadays. Performances of his music are ubiquitous, even routine, in a way that can blind us to its unique and revolutionary formal qualities. Today, when thousands of Chinese students rattle through the Études as if they were mere child's playthings, it is perhaps better for the music that our picture of the man retains something of its full poetic flavour.

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2011


pinhedz


pinhedz
Schrödinger's Hepcat

Posts : 11694
Join date : 2011-04-11
Location : DC

http://www.balalaika.org/

Back to top Go down

Re: All vocal Chopin

Post  pinhedz on Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:30 pm


pinhedz
Schrödinger's Hepcat

Posts : 11694
Join date : 2011-04-11
Location : DC

http://www.balalaika.org/

Back to top Go down

Re: All vocal Chopin

Post  pinhedz on Fri May 29, 2015 3:48 am

Not all vocal, but all Chopin.

Fun fact--the Ukrainian piano man here is the composer of the country-music tune ("v stilye kantri," as they say) that Tamara is going to play with Svetlana (if Tamara can find her cowboy hat ):


pinhedz
Schrödinger's Hepcat

Posts : 11694
Join date : 2011-04-11
Location : DC

http://www.balalaika.org/

Back to top Go down

Re: All vocal Chopin

Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:18 am



Yakima Canutt

Posts : 8303
Join date : 2011-04-11

Back to top Go down

Re: All vocal Chopin

Post  Sponsored content Today at 11:16 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum