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Editions of Chopin’s Works in the Nineteenth Century

Aspects of Reception History


Wojciech Bońkowski

This book presents the editions of Chopin’s works as cultural texts and gives account of the main events in their reception history. Based on a new typology and an overview of copyright and economics, 140 editions evidence a dominance of a few popular works and genres (nocturnes, mazurkas, waltzes) and two distinctive tendencies in editing: academic (historical-monumental) and popular (salon & entertainment music). Four case studies research real-life typology, reprints, edition filiation, and the use of compositional sources. The author addresses edition aesthetics, from musical work ontology through national aspects of reception and recontextualisation strategies to the role of women in Chopin editing and axiological aspects of editions. The appendix includes forewords to major Chopin editions.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Bońkowski, Wojciech. Title: Editions of Chopin's works in the nineteenth century : aspects of reception history / Wojciech Bońkowski. Other titles: Dziewiętnastowieczne edycje dzieł Fryderyka Chopina jako aspekt historii recepcji. English Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, 2016. | Series: Eastern European Studies in Musicology ; 7 | Translated from the Polish. | Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2015049151 | ISBN 9783631629413 Subjects: LCSH: Chopin, Frédéric, 1810-1849—Appreciation—History—19th century. | Chopin, Frédéric, 1810-1849—Bibliography. | Music publishing—History—19th century. Classification: LCC ML410.C54 B6913 2016 | DDC 786.2092—dc23 LC record available at

The Publication is funded by Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland as a part of the National Program for the Development of the Humanities. This Publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Ministry cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

ISSN 2193-8342 ISBN 978-3-631-62941-3 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05465-1 (E-PDF) E-ISBN 978-3-631-69355-1 (EPUB) E-ISBN 978-3-631-69356-8 (MOBI) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05465-1

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