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"...truly a book about the way Chopin played the piano, and about the way he interpreted his own music...Anyone interested in Chopin will be grateful to Eigeldinger..." Charles Rosen, The New York Review of Books

"...really indispensable to the serious student of Chopin. Almost all those reading it will find their view of the composer made sharper and truer than before." Nicholas Temperley, Notes

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Translated accounts of Chopin's pupils, acquaintances and contemporaries, as well as his own writings, reveal much about his pianistic and stylistic practice, teaching methods and aesthetic beliefs.

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Product Details

  • Series: As Seen by His Pupils
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 27, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521367093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521367097
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book gives a clear idea of Chopin's philosophy and practice of the pianoforte. Whereas most biographies are cluttered with florid descriptions of his salon and will tell you nothing about his music, this book is well-researched and richly annotated. A surprisingly good read and definitely a great reference!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Andrew HO on June 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I went to university, I devoured almost all books on Chopin from the library. None was nearly as informative. Through his pupils, friends, associates, colleagues, you'll know exactly what the master was like when he played and taught, his stylistic requirements, his temperament and the magic he evoked.
I just can't stress this enough - this is a must-buy! If you still have your doubts, get your hands on a copy and have a browse - what you can learn from it is priceless.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Claus Hetting on October 5, 2000
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This is an excellent and well documented work. Anyone who tries to play Chopin or has an amibition to do so, should read this. It goes straight to the heart of Chopins entire musical philisophy, and gives not only insight into the artist himself, but solid and sound advice on practicing, technique, and interpretation. Strongly recommended.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Antonia Brentano on July 14, 2006
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To the general public Chopin is famous for his beautiful piano music. However, in his days he also was a renowned piano teacher with some revolutionary ideas (at least for his time) about piano technique. His students included rich, aristocratic ladies (he had to make a living) and some very talented students.

Luckily many of the things Chopin told his students during their lessons have been preserved in various diaries and notes by his students and have now been compiled in this book.

Also, Chopin made a start with a piano method (which he did not complete). This method is also included in this book.

If you are a piano student this book is simply a must-have.

If you are not a pianist, but seriously interested in Chopin's ideas about (his own) music and teaching you also should buy this book.

JJ Eigeldinger wrote more excellent books about Chopin which unfortunately are still only available in French.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2002
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This book is wonderful for understanding Chopin's philosophies on technique and musicianship. One important thing you learn in reading this book, however, is that the piano has changed dramatically since Chopin's time. My main reason for reading this book was to gain valuable information about how to improve my technique for playing Chopin. Although I definitely learned a lot by reading this book, the issues relating to Chopin's advice about technique are unfortunately not as relevant on pianos today as I was hoping. In short, it's a great read, but will not solve all your Chopin technique problems.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Erica Ford on August 16, 2002
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For those of us who bungle at the keyboard and can always use more guidance, this book offers a great start in understanding Chopin's music. Probably the most difficult piece to play in public is Chopin Ballade No. 4, and Chopin offers some incredible insight into how he wanted it played. As you know, the music notation on the sheet cannot cover every intention of the composer, much like writing cannot capture everything, but most of what we want to say. This book supplements your understanding of the music. I would not be surprised if your great piano teacher pulls material out of this book in order to advise you on how to play Chopin.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Ngan on March 10, 2008
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What can be better than taking lessons with Chopin? This book is very objective. The sources were his students' letters and the chapters are very well-organised.
The higher the level you are in playing piano/music, the more you get.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sinistermidget on February 14, 2004
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You need this book if you play Chopin. There is a wealth of information on playing Chopin's music directly from the composer and his pupils. It has answered many questions and cleared up some misconceptions I had about this music.
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