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Fryderyk Chopin - Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger

Fryderyk Chopin - Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger Fryderyk Chopin - Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger

(translated from the French by Renata Pragłowska-Woydtowa)

This is a book for a broader audience. It presents the composer in a different way than most publications, which tend to idealise, beautify and mythologise Fryderyk Chopin. Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger devotes much space to the oeuvre; he writes with finesse about Chopin's genius and his art of improvisation, quoting many of Chopin's contemporaries. Chopin is presented as teacher, performer and composer against a richly painted background of his times, in connection to eminent people of the first half of the 19th century and in the cultural context of the period. This book is addressed not so much to chopiologists as to everyone interested in the music and life of Fryderyk Chopin.

This small book was written by an eminent Swiss musicologist, who specialises in the aesthetics and the history of musical performance in 18th and 19th century. His many works include studies of Chopin's compositions and style, as well as biographical sketches.

The Polish version will be published in hardback.

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