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  • Author:
    James Huneker
  • ISBN:
    1596057475
  • ISBN13:
    978-1596057470
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  • Publisher:
    Cosimo Classics (January 1, 2006)
  • Pages:
    424 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Arts & Literature
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James Gibbon Huneker (1857–1921) was a distinguished American newspaper critic, an essayist

James Gibbon Huneker (1857–1921) was a distinguished American newspaper critic, an essayist. My problem with the musical descriptions (the book is divided into 76 pages of biography and 141 pages of music "analysis", divided into sections on preludes, mazurkas, et. is again the gossipy nature. For example, the chapter on the preludes is 13 pages long. The first four pages are strictly about who claimed when and where they were written.

James Gibbons Huneker (January 31, 1857 – February 9, 1921) was an American art, book, music, and theater critic. A colorful individual and an ambitious writer, he was "an American with a great mission," in the words of his friend, the critic Benjamin De Casseres, and that mission was to educate Americans about the best cultural achievements, native and European, of his time. From 1892 to 1899, he was the husband of the sculptor Clio Hinton.

Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola, a village in the then Duchy of Warsaw. A renowned child-prodigy pianist and composer, he grew up in Warsaw and completed his music education there; he composed many mature works in Warsaw before leaving Poland in 1830 at age 20, shortly before the November 1830 Uprising. Following the Russian suppression of the Uprising, he settled in Paris as part of Poland's Great Emigration. During the remaining 19 years of his life, Chopin gave only some 30 public performances, preferring the more intimate atmosphere of the salon; he supported himself by sales of his.

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Tarnowski declares him to have been Chopin's warmest friend and in his poetry a starting point of inspiration for the composer

You can also read the full text online using our ereader. tells me he has the piece and that it is weak, having historic interest only. Tarnowski declares him to have been Chopin's warmest friend and in his poetry a starting point of inspiration for the composer. In July 1829, accompanied by two friends, Chopin started for Vienna. Travelling in a delightful, old-fashioned manner, the party saw much of the country-Galicia, Upper Silesia and Moravia-the Polish Switzerland.

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LibriVox recording of Chopin: The Man and His Music, by James Huneker A biography of the Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frédéric Chopin and a critical. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit LibriVox. M4B Audiobook 01-07 (131MB) M4B Audiobook 08-16 (130MB). Related Music (Beta) question-dark. Versions - Different performances of the song by the same artist. Compilations - Other albums which feature this performance of the song.

Chopin, "subtle-souled psychologist," is more kin to Keats than Shelley, he is a greater artist than a thinker. His philosophy is of the beautiful, as was Keats', and while he lingers by the river's edge to catch the song of the reeds, his gaze is oftener fixed on the quiring planets. He is nature's most exquisite sounding-board and vibrates to her with intensity, color and vivacity that have no parallel. Stained with melancholy, his joy is never that of the strong man rejoicing in his muscles. -from "Poet and Psychologist" James Huneker describes Chopin's mazurkas as the music in which "the Pole suffers in song the joy of his sorrow." Such distinctive literary lyricism fills this classic 1900 life of the 19th-century French-Polish pianist and composer. After exploring the storied artistic circles in which Frédéric Chopin moved in Paris and his tempestuous relationship with the novelist George Sand, Huneker delves into the artistic psychology of his music, with in-depth analyses of Chopin's studies, many of which Huneker finds "poetic"; his preludes, which Huneker deems "moods in miniature"; and the "melancholy mysteries" of Chopin's nocturnes. A striking portrait of genius, Huneker captures an artist who was "pleasant" and "persuasive" in public and "a neurotic being" in private, and finds a composer whose music aches with "the pathos of spiritual distance." American arts critic JAMES HUNEKER (1860-1921) also wrote Iconoclasts: A Book of Dramatists (1905), Egoists: A Book of Supermen (1909), Franz Liszt: Illustrated (1911), and The Pathos of Distance (1912).

Gri
The biography is very disappointing, the musical descriptions are poetic but don't get into much detail. If you want a general feel for Chopin's music but don't want intricate musical detail, the descriptions of the pieces may suit your need. That's the only reason I didn't give this book the lowest possible rating.

For biographical info, "Chopin in Paris" by Tad Szulc is much more informative and accurate. Huneker's biography, besides being relatively short, takes off on gossipy tangents that often jump around in time making it hard to get a good feeling for Chopin's progression thru life.

My problem with the musical descriptions (the book is divided into 76 pages of biography and 141 pages of music "analysis", divided into sections on preludes, mazurkas, etc.) is again the gossipy nature. For example, the chapter on the preludes is 13 pages long. The first four pages are strictly about who claimed when and where they were written.

I recently played Prelude No. 4 in E Minor at Peabody in Baltimore. Prior to the recital, I was deluged with coaching at college master-class play-ins, etc. The discussions centered on things like why the downbeat beginning each measure is played weaker than usual, contributing to the feeling of hopelessness in the piece.

Huneker's descriptions are: "The melody seems literally to wail..", "This tiny prelude contains wonderful music", "The whole is like some canvas by Rembrant.."

In the relatively few times Huneker does go into musical detail there may be some insight, but just as frequently a few bars of music are shown accompanied by an explanation like, "Volcanic mutterings these!" -when the music shown is a pianissimo (played very softly) passage!

For anyone looking for insights on actually playing the pieces, Walker's "The Chopin Companion.." which can be found "used" at Amazon, is a much better choice.
Bremar
This would have been much more interesting if I were a music major or a pianist. I had to give up 35% of the way through it when it started getting too technical to be understandable or interesting to me.
Ylal
I had hoped to find a biography of Chopin that would be a detailed life story. This edition requires a technical understanding of music,
composing, etc. It would be meaningful to such a person, but to me it was a struggle to get through it.
Priotian
Somewhat over the top; however, it was published 64 years ago. Good information for the know nothings. Like me. Try it.
inetserfer
Difficult read. Too many words beyond my vocabulary. As if the author is showing off which kind of pisses me off.
However, I suffered through it as Chopin is my favorite. I found the information in the book fascinating but hate the author.
Reddefender
Very thorough.
Wanenai
This book was obviously copied (and poorly at that) and then somehow put in a hardback cover.
I became bogged down at times. It was a bit bookish so I skipped parts of it. Although it contains a lot of information, I would have preferred more interesting reading.