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Liszt's 'Chopin'

A new edition

By Meirion Hughes

Liszt's 'Chopin'
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  • ISBN: 9780719085680
  • Publish Date: Oct 2010
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9780719083518
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    Book Information

    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8351-8
    • Pages: 168
    • Price: £19.99
    • Published Date: October 2010

    Description

    Passionate and pioneering, Liszt's biography of Chopin flaunts its author's celebrity while straddling the divide between the scholarly and the popular. In this volume Meirion Hughes combines a new translation of the first edition with an introduction that places the work in its cultural and political context.

    In his introduction Hughes explores the complex relationship between the two composers, the highly charged political context in which the book was written, and the discourse of cultural nationalism and progressivism that dominates content. He argues that Chopin (put in italics) was more than a tribute to an erstwhile friend, but rather a polemic of national music rooted in the politics of that 'year of revolutions', 1848-9.

    Hughes remains faithful to the original while putting clarity before strict adherence to what is, by general agreement, a quirky text. Controversial in its approach, Liszt's 'Chopin' challenges the long-held view of the memoir is as lightweight, inaccurate portrait of its subject, but rather as one of the most important and daring musical biographies of the nineteenth century.

    Contents

    List of figures
    Acknowledgements
    Translator's note
    Liszt's 'Chopin'
    Part One: Introduction
    I. 'Comrades' and 'Friends'
    II. 'Men of the Future'
    III. Voices
    IV. Some Contexts and Conclusions
    Part Two: Text
    F.Chopin
    Chapter 1
    Chapter 2
    Chapter 3
    Chapter 4
    Chapter 5
    Chapter 6
    Chapter 7
    Chapter 8
    Bibliography

    Author

    Meirion Hughes is a freelance historian and writer

    Liszt's 'Chopin'

    By Meirion Hughes

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