Liszt'S 'Chopin' by Meirion Hughes

Liszt'S 'Chopin' A New Edition Paperback Oct 15 2010

By Meirion Hughes
Paperback
$19.61 USD

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. -- .

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Product Details

Format
Paperback
Publisher
Manchester University Press
Publication date
Oct 15 2010
Language
English
Pages
168
ISBN-13
9780719083518
ISBN-10
0719083516
Weight
218g
Dimensions
138.0mm x 216.0mm