Thursday, November 22, 2018

No mere salon miniaturist …

… Fryderyk Chopin by Alan Walker review – romance, rage and swooning admirers | Books | The Guardian. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

 Far from being a salon miniaturist, he was a major artist, a true heir to Bach and Mozart (as well as Beethoven, though he wouldn’t have liked it said), a creator of new forms, new modes of expression, and new keyboard techniques and sonorities. Walker rightly indicates Scriabin and Fauré as direct musical descendants, and Debussy as heir to Chopin’s discoveries about the piano; and since Debussy drew a new language partly from these findings, Walker might well have claimed (though he doesn’t) that Chopin lies behind a good deal of modern music, too. 

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