This anthology brings together representative examples of the most significant and engaging scholarly writing on Chopin by a wide range of authors. The essays selected for the volume portray a rounded picture of Chopin as composer, pianist and teacher of his music, and of his overall achievement and legacy. Historical perspectives are offered on Chopin’s biography ’as cultural discourse’, on the evolution and origins of his style, and on the contexts of given works. A fascinating contemporary overview of Chopin’s oeuvre is also provided. Seven source studies assess the status and role of Chopin’s notational practices as well as some enigmatic sketch material. Essays in the field of performance studies scrutinise the ’cultural work’ carried out by Chopin’s performances and discuss his playing style along with that of his contemporaries and students. This paves the way for a body of essays on analysis, aesthetics and reception, considering aspects of genre and including an overview of analytical approaches to select works. The remaining essays address Chopin’s handling of form, rhythm and other musical elements, as well as the ’meaning’ of his msuic. The collection as a whole underscores one of the most important aspects of Chopin’s legacy, namely the paradoxical manner in which he drew from the past - in particular, certain eighteenth-century traditions - while stretching inherited conventions and practices to such an extent that a highly original ’music of the future’ was heralded.

Acknowledgements -- Series Preface -- Introduction -- Part I: Historical perspectives -- 1. Jolanta T. Pekacz, ‘The nation’s property: Chopin’s biography as a cultural discourse’, in Jolanta T. Pekacz (ed.), Musical Biography: Towards New Paradigms (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 43–68 -- 2. Józef Chomiński, ‘Die Evolution des Chopinschen Stils’, in Zofia Lissa (ed.), The Book of the First International Musicological Congress Devoted to the Works of Frederick Chopin (Warsaw: Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 1963), pp. 44–52 -- 3. Mieczysław Tomaszewski, ‘Chopin’s inspiration from Polish “common song”’, in Artur Szklener (ed.), Chopin’s Work: His Inspirations and Creative Process in the Light of the Sources (Warsaw: Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina), pp. 43–53 -- 4. Barbara Milewski, ‘Chopin’s mazurkas and the myth of the folk’, 19th-Century Music 23 /2 (1999), pp. 113–135 -- 5. Ludwik Bronarski, ‘La “dernière” mazurka de Chopin’, in Ludwik Bronarski, Etudes sur Chopin (Lausanne: Editions La Concorde, 1944), pp. 165–175 -- 6. Karol Berger, ‘Chopin’s Ballade Op. 23 and the revolution of the intellectuals’, in John Rink and Jim Samson (eds.), Chopin Studies 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 72–83 -- 7. Anselm Gerhard, ‘Ballade und Drama’, Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 48 (1991), pp. 110–125 -- 8. James W. Davison, An Essay on the Works of Frederic Chopin (London: Wessel & Co. [1843]) -- Part II: Source studies -- 9. John Rink, ‘Playing with the Chopin sources’, in Irena Poniatowska (ed.), Jan Ekier: artysta stulecia w darze Chopinowi (Warsaw: Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, 2013), pp. 171–185 -- 10. Wojciech Nowik, ‘The receptive-informational role of Chopin’s musical autographs’, in Dariusz Żębrowski (ed.), Studies in Chopin (Warsaw: Towarzystwo im. Fryderyka Chopina, 1973), pp. 77–89 -- 11. Jeffrey Kallberg, ‘Chopin and the aesthetic of the sketch: a new Prelude in E-flat minor?’, Early Music 29 (2001), pp. 408–422 -- 12. Jan Ekier, ‘On questions relating to the chronology of Chopin’s works. Methods. A few examples concerning compositions from the last period’, in Artur Szklener (ed.), Chopin’s Musical Worlds: The 1840s (Warsaw: Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, 2008), pp. 169–188 -- 13. Charles Rosen, ‘The first movement of Chopin’s Sonata in B-flat minor, Op. 35’, 19th-Century Music 14 /1 (1990), pp. 60–66 -- 14. Maurice J. E. Brown, ‘The posthumous publication of Chopin’s songs’, Musical Quarterly 42 (1956), pp. 51–65 -- 15. Christophe Grabowski, ‘Wessel’s Complete Collection of the Compositions of Frederic Chopin: the history of a title-page’, Early Music 29 (2001), pp. 424–433 -- Part III: Performance studies -- 16. Dana Gooley, ‘Between esprit and génie – Chopin in the field of performance’, in Artur Szklener (ed.), Chopin’s Musical Worlds: The 1840s (Warsaw: Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, 2008), pp. 141–156 -- 17. James Methuen-Campbell, Chopin Playing from the Composer to the Present Day (London: Gollancz, 1981): Chapter 1, ‘The playing of Chopin and his contemporaries’, pp. 26–44 -- 18. David Rowland, ‘Chopin’s tempo rubato in context’, in John Rink and Jim Samson (eds.), Chopin Studies 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 199–213 -- 19. Thomas Higgins, ‘Tempo and character in Chopin’, Musical Quarterly 59 (1973), pp. 106–120 -- 20. Sandra Rosenblum, ‘Some enigmas of Chopin’s pedal indications: what do the sources tell us?’, Journal of Musicological Research 16 (1996), pp. 41–61 -- 21. Nicholas Cook, ‘Performance analysis and Chopin’s mazurkas’, in Artur Szklener (ed.), Chopin in Paris: The 1830s (Warsaw: Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, 2008), pp. 121–141 -- Part IV: Analysis, aesthetics, reception -- 22. Jim Samson, ‘Chopin and genre’, Music Analysis 8 /3 (1989), pp. 213–231 -- 23. Zofia Chechlińska, ‘Scherzo as a genre – selected problems’, Chopin Studies, vol. 5 (Warsaw: Towarzystwo im. Fryderyka Chopina, 1995), pp. 165–173 -- 24. John Rink, ‘Chopin’s ballades and the dialectic: analysis in historical perspective’, Music Analysis 13 (1994), pp. 99–115 -- 25. Donald Francis Tovey, Essays in Musical Analysis, 6 vols. (London: Oxford University Press, 1936): ‘Concertos’, vol. 3, pp. 103–106 -- 26. Felix Salzer, ‘Chopin’s Etude in F major, Opus 25, No. 3’, in The Music Forum, vol. 3 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1973), pp. 281–290 -- 27. Gastone Belotti, ‘L’asimmetria ritmica nella mazurca chopiniana’, Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana 5 /4–5 (1971), pp. 657–668, 827–846 -- 28. William Rothstein, ‘Phrase rhythm in Chopin’s nocturnes and mazurkas’, in Jim Samson (ed.), Chopin Studies (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), pp. 115–141 -- 29. Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, ‘Chopin and “La note bleue”: an interpretation of the Prelude Op. 45’, Music & Letters 78 /2 (1997), pp. 233–253 -- 30. Lawrence Kramer, ‘Romantic meaning in Chopin’s Prelude in A minor’, 19th-Century Music 9 /2 (1985), pp. 145–155 -- 31. Rose Rosengard Subotnik, ‘On grounding Chopin’, in Richard Leppert and Susan McClary (eds.), Music and Society: The Politics of Composition, Performance and Reception (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), pp. 105–131 -- Part V: Epilogue -- 32. Frederick Niecks, Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician, 3rd edn, 2 vols. (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1902): ‘Epilogue’, vol. 2, pp. 328–333 -- Index.