Chopin's Polish Ballade Op. 38 as Narrative of National Martyrdom

Chopin's Polish Ballade Op. 38 as Narrative of National Martyrdom

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Chopin's Second Ballade, Op. 38 is frequently performed, and takes only seven or so minutes to play. Yet the work remains very poorly understood-disagreement prevails on issues from its tonic and two-key structure to its posited relationship with the poems of Adam Mickiewicz. Chopin's Polish Ballade is a reexamination and close analysis of this famous work, revealing the Ballade as a piece with a powerful political story to tell. Through the general musical styles and specific references in the Ballade, which use both operatic strategies and approaches developed in programmatic piano pieces for amateurs, author Jonathan Bellman traces a clear narrative thread to contemporary French operas. His careful historical exegesis of previously ignored musical and cultural contexts brings to light a host of new insights about this remarkable piece, which, as Bellman shows, reflects the cultural preoccupations of the Polish emigres in mid-1830s Paris, pining with bitter nostalgia for a homelandshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 35 black and white line illustrations
  • 0195338863
  • 9780195338867

Review quote

This book is highly recommendable to performers and music students alike * Philip Borg-Wheeler, Classical Music * his connections with present performance concerns are also compelling ... the book is a welcome invitation to reconsider what approaches we might take to performing and listening to this music today. * Matthew Gelbart, Music and Letters *show more

About Jonathan Bellman

Jonathan Bellman, a pianist and musicologist, earned his doctorate at Stanford University and is now Professor and Head of Academic Studies in Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He has published articles in a variety of musicology journals. His primary research interests include nineteenth-century musical style and performance practices, especially involving Frederic Chopin and musical exoticism.show more

Table of contents

LIST OF MUSICAL EXAMPLES; INTRODUCTION; TWO VERSIONS; TWO KEYS; "CERTAIN POEMS OF MICKIEWICZ"; STORIES IN TONES; AMATEUR PROGRAM MUSIC; BALLAD POETRY AND MUSICAL FORM; OVERVIEW AND STYLISTIC SUMMARY OF THE FIRST BALLADE; KONRAD WALLENROD: PLOT AND STRUCTURE; KONRAD WALLENROD AS BALLADE SCENARIO; THE LAY OF ALDONA'S FATE; A FORMAL OVERVIEW OF CHOPIN'S SECOND BALLADE; THE SECOND BALLADE AND THE SONATA PROBLEM; BALLADE AS GENRE; THE OPERATIC BALLADE TO 1831; A PILGRIMS' BALLADE; A POLISH BALLADE; THE GREAT MIGRATION AND POLISH CULTURE IN EXILE; PERSONAL ANGUISH AND LITERARY APOTHEOSIS; SAPIENTI PAUCA; INTERNAL EVIDENCE I-THE A MATERIAL: SICILIANO; INTERNAL EVIDENCE II-THE B MATERIAL: STORM; INTERNAL EVIDENCE III-THE C THEME; OP. 38 AS NARRATIVE OF NATIONAL MARTYRDOM; VERSIONS, TONIC KEYS, AND MICKIEWICZ REVISITED; THE FOREST AND THE TREES; APPENDIX: "A M. F. CHOPIN, SUR SA BALLADE POLONAISE," BY FELICIEN MALLEFILLE; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEXshow more