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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 Among the Pianists in Paris

Chopin Among the Pianists in Paris

(p.271) Chopin Among the Pianists in Paris
Chopin and His World

Sandra P. Rosenblum

Princeton University Press

This chapter demonstrates how, while in the French capital, Chopin immersed himself in the world of opera and developed friendships with numerous opera stars. The French grand opéra influenced his harmonic and dramatic language, but it was the Italianate bel canto style that nourished his predilection for the singing tone. Yet, however French his disposition, the seeds for all these elements of Chopin's musical aesthetic and pianism were sown in Warsaw, long before he ever sought the wider world. In his early years, Chopin would also have had the opportunity to learn from performances by other first-rate artists, a host of opera stars, and several pianists in Warsaw whose performance styles he is known to have admired.

Keywords:   Fryderyk Chopin, French capital, opera, French grand opéra, Italianate bel canto, musical aesthetic, pianism, Warsaw

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