The Music of Frederic Chopin
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Osher (50+). This course surveys the works of Chopin in the context of his life and times.
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Frederic Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for the solo piano. Today, Chopin is ubiquitous in classical music culture and his compositions are universally loved by amateur and professional musicians everywhere. In this course, we focus on Chopin’s Nocturnes, Etudes, Preludes, Ballades, Concertos, Mazurkas, and other important pieces, all of which feature the piano. Our primary focus is on musical meaning and finding listening strategies that relate the music to historical, biographical, and artistic contexts of the period.