Ballads Without Words: Chopin and the Tradition of the Instrumental Ballade

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Amadeus Press, 1992 - Music - 358 pages
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In his four ballads for piano, Chopin stretched the capacity of instrumental music by asking it to convey, without words, the form and sense of a ballad, a challenge taken up by composers, who developed the orchestral ballad.

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Contents

list of Plates
11
Introduction
19
The Ballad as Narrative Model for Chopin
31
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

James Parakilas is Professor of Performing Arts at Bates College, where he teaches courses on music history and culture, music theory, and musical performance. He is the author of numerous publications, including "Ballads Without Words: Chopin and the Tradition of the Instrumental Ballade", and "Piano Roles: 300 Years of Life with the Piano".

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