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  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141980560
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99
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Chopin's Piano

A Journey through Romanticism




A dazzling exploration of Romantic music unlike any other, from one of the most exciting writers about classical music.

Chopin's Piano begins in November 1838, when George Sand, her children and Frederick Chopin took a boat to Majorca for the winter. It describes their circumstances there, and how Chopin completed one of the most revolutionary works in the history of music - his Preludes - on 'a small Mallorquin piano' which he picked up when they arrived and carted up to the monastery in the mountains where he and Sand lodged. Kildea traces the history of the Preludes, their pianists, their interpretations, and the history of the Mallorquin piano itself, to find an unexpected path through the history of romantic music - via Wanda Landowska in Berlin in 1913, Paris in 1940-41 when the Nazis seized the piano, down to the end of romantic music. It is an astonishing narrative and detective story, an unclassifiable and thrilling book, which explores in an original way the changing meaning of music through time.

  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141980560
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99
Categories:

About the author

Paul Kildea

Paul Kildea is a writer and conductor who has performed many of the Britten works he writes about, in opera houses and concert halls from Sydney to Hamburg. He has written extensively on the relationship between music and culture in the twentieth century: his previous books include Selling Britten (2002) and (as editor) Britten on Music (2003). He was Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival between 1999 and 2002 and subsequently Artistic Director of the Wigmore Hall in London. He lives in Berlin.

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