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Chopin and His World

Jonathan D. Bellman and Halina Goldberg


Fryderyk Chopin (1810–1849), although the most beloved of piano composers, remains a contradictory figure, an artist of virtually universal appeal who preferred the company of only a few sympathetic friends and listeners. This book reexamines Chopin and his music in light of the cultural narratives formed during his lifetime. These include the romanticism of the ailing spirit, tragically singing its death-song as life ebbs; the Polish expatriate, helpless witness to the martyrdom of his beloved homeland, exiled among friendly but uncomprehending strangers; the sorcerer-bard of dream, memory, a ... More

Keywords: Fryderyk Chopin, piano composer, music, romanticism, ailing spirit, Polish expatriate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691177755
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691177755.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan D. Bellman, editor
University of Northern Colorado

Halina Goldberg, editor
University of Indiana

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