This workshop has been postponed until Spring 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience, and invite you to please stay tuned for updates. The Myth about Chopin’s “Romantic” Style Baroque and Classical Influence
This workshop has been postponed until Spring 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience, and invite you to please stay tuned for updates.
The Myth about Chopin’s “Romantic” Style
Baroque and Classical Influence and Foundations of Style
In his presentation, Henri-Paul Sicsic will shed some light on Chopin’s style and discuss rhythmic balance and the element of rubato taken into context. He will stress the importance of always perceiving and experiencing rubato in the larger context of musical statements rather than as an isolated embellishment of the melodic line and design.
In practice, such approach was demonstrated in the composer’s playing style and advocated through his teaching. Chopin taught extensively in the last four years of his short life. There are invaluable testimonials of lessons at the piano where Chopin demonstrated his approach to rubato and style. A simpler and balanced use of rhythm and a consistent sense of time not always found in our current interpretations will reveal a style based on the composer’s intentions and on his own playing. The lingering misunderstanding which we often experience still today in interpretations of Chopin does not represent the composer’s style as he demonstrated it, taught it and lived it.
In order to attempt to illustrate this, specific examples will be given at the piano. The role of the accompaniment, frequently taken by the left hand, will be illustrated as the “Kapellmeister,” the foundation of phrasing and of the rhythmic life of Chopin’s music, both in “salon” type works such as Nocturnes and Waltzes and in compositions and movements written in traditional Polish dance style such as in the finales of the Concertos.
The seminar will be held in the Rose Gellert Hall and admission is free!
(Monday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm