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By Jim Samson

Chopin's 4 ballades are generally considered as being among the main major prolonged works for solo piano of the 19th century. In an illuminating dialogue, Jim Samson combines heritage and research to supply the reader with a accomplished photograph of those well known piano works. He starts off via investigating the social and musical historical past to Chopin's targeted type. He describes the manuscript assets and evaluates the various next revealed variants, then considers the severe reception of the ballades and the differing interpretations of recognized 19th- and twentieth-century pianists. the ultimate chapters learn the tune of all 4 works analytically. there's a essentially offered formal synopsis of every ballade in flip, via a dialogue of the works jointly which explores Chopin's personal belief of the identify 'ballade' and the way it can be understood as a musical genre.

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