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Department of Music Research Seminar, John Rink




Speaker: John Rink (University of Cambridge)

Series: Department of Music Research Seminars

Chopin's Afterthoughts
Chopin is reputed never to have 'played his own compositions twice alike', instead varying each 'according to the mood of the moment'. The same creative spirit also characterised his work as composer and teacher. It is interesting to consider whether all of the changes that Chopin made in his scores were intended to be his 'final word'. There is also the question of how the modern performer should respond to and interpret the changes made by Chopin, which sometimes pose enigmas that resist easy explanation. This illustrated talk will explore a range of sources, assessing not only the compositional significance of the discrepancies that exist between them but also their implications for the performer. Demonstrations will be given at the keyboard of excerpts from Chopin's preludes, nocturnes, mazurkas and ballades.

nullJohn Rink is Professor of Musical Performance Studies and a Fellow of St John's College. He studied at Princeton University, King's College London, and the University of Cambridge, where his doctoral research was on the evolution of tonal structure in Chopin's early music and its relation to improvisation. He also holds the Concert Recital Diploma and Premier Prix in piano from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He specialises in the fields of performance studies, theory and analysis, and nineteenth-century studies, and has published six books with Cambridge University Press, including The Practice of Performance: Studies in Musical Interpretation (1995), Chopin: The Piano Concertos (1997), Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding (2002), and Annotated Catalogue of Chopin's First Editions (with Christophe Grabowski; 2010). He is a co-editor of Chopin Studies 2 (with Jim Samson; 2004) and the Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music (with Nicholas Cook, Daniel Leech-Wilkinson and Eric Clarke; 2009); he is also  General Editor of the five-book series Studies in Musical Performance as Creative Practice, which Oxford University Press will publish in 2015.

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5.30pm - 7.30pmWednesday 12th March 2014

AG09 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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