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Liszt's 'Chopin'
Author: Meirion Hughes

ISBN: 9780719083518
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 17 October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.5
Description:
Passionate And Pioneering, Liszt's biography of Chopin flaunts its author's celebrity while straddling the divide between the scholarly and the popular. Yet, despite its importance as the prism through which the nineteenth century viewed its subject, it has been ill served by translators aria critics in the English-speaking world. 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 the extensive and widely-sourced Introduction Hughes explores the complex relationship between the two composers, the highly charged political climate in which the book was written, and the discourse of cultural nationalism and progressivism that dominates much of its content. Hughes argues that Chopin was more than a tribute to an erstwhile friend and that it represents, more significantly, a polemic of national music rooted in the politics of that 'year of revolutions', 1848-49. In meticulously constructing his subject as bard and hero, Liszt sought not only to promote the cause of 'oppressed Poland', but also the general principle of national self-determination. Hughes...

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