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Early Music Concerts 2009-2010

Early Music Concerts 2009-2010: (CH) Fifth Edition of the Harmoniques International Congress in Lausanne «Chopin et son temps» (9-12 Sept. 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 23, 2010


At the end of the 18th century, Vienna and London were the undisputed centres of piano-making, and home to distinct schools of piano-playing.

The beginning of the 19th century saw the rise of a new centre, Paris, which progressively eclipsed the other two. Nicknamed "Pianopolis", Paris in 1832 boasted more than a hundred and ninety-three piano-builders, many drawn from elsewhere in search of renown. Paris was a magnet, too, to young piano virtuosi ; it was only natural that Liszt and Chopin should be of their number.

What instruments did the young Chopin play on in his native Poland? What were the influences of the English and Viennese piano schools in his training? Who were the leading piano-makers in the Paris of 1832? What were the characteristics of Pleyel's pianos, and why did they suit Chopin so well? What were Chopin's compositional techniques?

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