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Chopin: The Man and His Music

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Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849) was one of the most influential musicians of the 19th Century. Discovered as a child-prodigy pianist in his native Poland, he later travelled to France, where he remained after the Polish uprising of 1830-31. There he gave few public performances, but worked as composer and piano teacher. He later became a French citizen and conducted a stormy ...more
ebook, 355 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by The Floating Press (first published 1900)
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Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The first part is a biography, which is interesting, but a bit short. The second part is about all the compositions of Chopin. This part can hardly be read if one is not familiar already, in great detail, with all these compositions. Although I have listened quite often to the music by Chopin, and even play some of it, I could not follow the very detailed analysis. I wonder who can, except professional pianists.
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A long a boring regurgitation of other peoples thoughts and research. In depth description of pictures of Chopin. If I didn't already know the music, I would have written the subject off. How can I get the time I spent on this back again?
Yvonne Carter
A musician trying to write a biography of a famous composer doesn't work; author thought more of his own connections
Feb 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Quite a difficult read if you're not a piano player and Chopin's music affliction. I was just an unsuspecting fan of his music...
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Huneker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied piano in Europe under Leopold Doutreleau and audited the Paris piano class of Frédéric Chopin's pupil Georges Mathias. He came to New York City in 1885 and remained there until his death. In the USA he studied with Franz Liszt's student Rafael Joseffy, who became his friend and mentor.

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