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Chopin

The Preludes and Beyond

Bengt Edlund

The first study of this volume looks for reminiscences of Dies Irae in Chopin’s works. A great number of allusions and affinities are found in the preludes as well as in Chopin’s output. The study also yields insights into Chopin’s composition method. These intertextual findings are used in an attempt to establish the extra-musical content of the Second Ballade. Five preludes – A minor, E minor, B minor, A major and C minor – are closely examined, using diverse analytical approaches. A primary concern is to critically assess previous readings, and Schenkerian ones in particular. An analysis of the initial right-hand passage of the F-minor étude from Méthode brings up matters of idiomatic and ontology.

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Preface.......................................................................................... 11 Chapter 1. Allusions and affinities. Tracing an ominous motif 13 Dies Irae as a source of allusions........................................... 14 Alluding to Dies Irae; some methodological considerations 16 The notion of similarity; further methodological considerations........................................................................... 21 The investigation and its a im s................................................ 24 The A-minor Prelude............................................................... 26 External evidence .................................................................... 32 The B-minor Prelude............................................................... 33 The E-minor Prelude ............................................................... 38 Preludes in dark moods ........................................................... 44 Preludes in bright m oods......................................................... 51 Summary and discussion......................................................... 61 Other approaches to integration and symbolism in the Preludes .............................................................................. 63 The chronology of the Preludes ............................................. 66 The question of integral performances................................... 71 In defence of the study of motivic integration ...................... 73 The B?-minor Sonata: the first and fourth movements......... 76 The B?-minor Prelude.............................................................. 80 The Funeral March; its progenitor and congeners ................ 83 The B?-minor Sonata: Scherzo and T rios.............................. 87 Other approaches to thematic integration in the sonata ....... 90 The C#-minor Scherzo............................................................. 91 The C-minor Polonaise and the B-minor Prelude ................. 96 The Second Ballade ................................................................. 99 5 The F-minor Prelude and the Etude in F minor from Méthode ........................................................................... 100 The F#-major Impromptu ........................................................ 104 Extending the investigation..................................................... 106 Pre- and post-“Mallorcan” w orks........................................... 107 The E ?-minor Etude................................................................. 111 The Finale of the B-minor Sonata and the B-minor Prelude . 113 The other movements of the B-minor Sonata ....................... 116 Summary and conclusions....................................................... 119 Chapter 2. Evidence and counter-evidence. Making sense of the A-minor Prelude ............................................................... 123 Problems of proportion............................................................ 125 Uncertainty and expectation.................................................... 133 Rhetoric and the reality of the contingent ............................. 140 The prelude as...

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