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Chopin and His World$
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Jonathan D. Bellman and Halina Goldberg

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691177755

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691177755.001.0001

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Chopin’s Oneiric Soundscapes and the Role of Dreams in Romantic Culture

Chopin’s Oneiric Soundscapes and the Role of Dreams in Romantic Culture

(p.15) Chopin’s Oneiric Soundscapes and the Role of Dreams in Romantic Culture
Chopin and His World

Halina Goldberg

Princeton University Press

This chapter talks about how the notion of dreaming in music immediately brings to mind Chopin's nocturnes. Indeed, this genre's explicit association with the night invokes the oneiric realm, the domain of dreams. Modern-day scholars' responses to the perceived dreamscapes in Chopin's compositions follow on the heels of a long tradition of hearing his music as a dream, a tradition that originated with his friends and contemporaries. While other modern scholars, highlight the compositional and stylistic language of Chopin's dream world and seek to interpret the experience of hearing it, this chapter seeks to explore the cultural milieu that shaped the composer's penchant for oneiric soundscapes and his contemporaries' responses to it.

Keywords:   nocturnes, oneiric realm, dreamscapes, James Parakilas, dream world, cultural milieu

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