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1 Music 1010 SEMESTER PRESENTATION BY CHARIS SMITH

2 Frederic Chopin Romantic-Era Composer and Pianist

3 The Life of Frederic Chopin Early Life  Born on March 1, 1810 in Zelazowa Wola, Poland  Studied piano with Wojciech Zwyny in Warsaw, as a child  Age Six: he could play the piano and compose songs  Age Eight: Gave first piano concert and outgrew abilities of his piano teacher  1826: Chopin had composed many pieces that caused hos name to be well known  1829: Parents sent him to Vienna for a broader musical experience

4 The Life of Frederic Chopin Early Adulthood  1832: Settled in Paris, center of European culture and Romanticism  His music became highly regarded among elite Parisian performers  Became friends with other artists such as, Franz Liszt and Hector Berlioz  Focused on teaching, composing, and private performances

5 The Life of Frederic Chopin Adult Years  1835: Engagement to Maria Wodinski  1837: Engagement broken off by Wodinski family  1838: Began relationship with George Sand  1839: Diagnosed with Tuberculosis, relationship grew turbulent, music became more rich and complex.

6 The Life of Frederic Chopin Final Years  1847: Relationship between Chopin and Sand Ends  1848: Began teaching lessons and giving private performances  1848: Declining health, Sister moves in with him  October 17, 1849: Dies at age 38

7 Works  20 Nocturnes  25 Preludes  17 Waltzes  15 Polonaise  58 Mazurkas  27 Etudes

8 Accomplishments  Credited with originating the modern piano style  Reinvented a form, the Scherzo  Invented the Ballade  Invented the Sonata  Contributed more significant works to piano’s repertoire than any other person in history

9 Music History 1.Ballade No. 1 in G Minor 2.Mazurka in B-Flat Minor

10 Music History Ballade No. 1 in G Minor  Ballade: Associated with French poetry, as a music form  Sometimes called Chopin’s greatest musical composition  First version written in 1831, during early years in Vienna  Final version not finished until 1835 or 1836  Reflection of Chopin's loneliness and longing for family  Inspired by the poem, Konrad Wallerod  Different structure than other ballads

11 Music History Mazurka in B-Flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4  Mazurka originated in Mazovia Province of Northern Poland  Lively folk dance  In triple time with syncopated first beat  One of Chopin's 69 Mazurkas published in 1835  Long with clearly defined sections  In triple meter

12 Listening Guides Ballade No. 1 in G Minor i.0:00- The piece begins with introduction ii.0:11- ascending melody iii.0:24- Introduction to Theme A. Calm mood. Monophonic texture. iv.0:36- Dynamics of music is very soft. Mood is soft. Texture is monophonic. v.0:51- Changes to Homophobic texture. Mood is calm.

13 Listening Guides vi. 1:00- Theme B Begins. The melody is smooth with calm mood. Homophonic texture. vii. 1:30- The Dynamics change from soft to loud viii. 2:00-The texture is homophonic. Mood is calm. ix. 2:25- A descending melody is repeated several times. The tempo speeds up. Ballade No. 1 in G Minor (cont.)

14 Listening Guides Ballade No. 1 in G Minor (cont.) x. 2:37- The dynamics change from soft to loud. The tempo becomes very fast. The dynamics become loud. The mood feels angry and chaotic. xi. 2:58- The tempo becomes slow. The texture is homophonic. The mood is sad or confused. xii. 3:07- Ascending melody. The tempo is moderate. The mood is calm. The texture is Homophonic. xiii. 3:30- The mood is calm. The tempo is very slow.

15 Listening Guides Ballade No. 1 in G Minor (cont.) xiv. 3:58- The tempo quickens. The dynamics are soft. The mood is calm. There is a wide melodic range. xv. 4:15- Theme A repeats. xvi. 4:35- Dynamics are louder than softer. The tempo is fast. The texture is homophonic. xvii. 5:00- The melody repeats itself several times. The texture is homophonic. The tempo is fast. The dynamics are loud.

16 Listening Guides Ballade No. 1 in G Minor (cont.) xviii. 5:17- Series of descending scales. xix. 5:23- The melody is a long descending scale. xx. 5:40- The tempo is very fast. The mood is angry and hectic. The dynamics are more soft than loud. xxi. 5:55- The dynamics change from moderate to loud. The tempo is very fast. The texture is homophonic. xxii. 6:15- Theme B is re-introduced. The tempo slows.

17 Listening Guides Ballade No. 1 in G Minor (cont.) xxiii. 6:36- The melody has a wide range. xxiv. 6:45- The mood changes to clam. The Tempo becomes very slow. The dynamics change to soft. xxv. 7:23- The dynamics are soft. The texture is homophonic. The tempo is slow. The mood is calm. xxvi. 7:40- The melody repeats itself several times. The texture is homophobic.

18 Listening Guides Ballade No. 1 in G Minor (cont.) xxvii. 7:58-The tempo increases to very fast. The dynamics become very loud. The mood is angry or upset. The texture is homophonic. xxviii. 8:22- There is a wide melodic range. The tempo is fast. The dynamics are loud. The texture is homophonic. xxix. 8:30- The melody is an ascending scale. xxx. 8:33- There is a long, melodic descending scale. There is a wide melodic range. The tempo is moderate

19 Listening Guides Ballade No. 1 in G Minor (cont.) xxxi. 8:43- The mood changes to calm. The texture is homophonic. The tempo is very eslow. The dynamics are very soft. xxxii. 8:57- The tempo is very slow. The texture is homophonic. xxxiii. 9:14- The piece ends. The texture is monophonic. The tempo is very slow.

20 Listening Guides Mazurkas in B-Flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4 i. 0:00- Piece Begins. ii. 0:01- Introduction. The melody decreases chromatically. The texture is monophonic. iii. 0:09- The texture shifts to homophonic. The tempo is slow. The mood is calm. iv. 0:14- The harmony shifts from minor to major. The mood remains calm. The dynamics are moderate, but more soft than loud.

21 Listening Guides v. 0:18- The harmony shifts back to minor. The tempo speeds up and becomes quite fast. vi. 0:30- The tempo slows. The texture is homophonic. Moderate triple meter. vii. 0:40- The tempo speeds up. The mood becomes more lively/happy. viii. 0:55- There is a descending melodic scale along with the tempo slowing. The dynamics are more soft than loud. The texture is homophonic. ix. 1:22- The harmony shifts from minor to major. The texture is homophonic. The tempo becomes quick. The mood is calm. Mazurkas in B-Flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4 (cont.)

22 Listening Guides Mazurkas in B-Flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4 (cont.) x. 1:58- There is a wide melodic range. The mood is lively/happy. The texture is homophonic. The dynamics is loud. xi. 2:05- The tempo slows drastically. xii. 2:10- The texture is monophonic. The tempo is very slow. The mood is calm. Very soft dynamics. xiii. 2:34- The dynamics shifts from soft to loud. The tempo shifts from slow to fast. This pattern repeats itself several times. xiv. 3:00- The texture is homophonic. The tempo is moderate. The dynamics repeatedly shifts from soft to loud several times.

23 Listening Guides Mazurkas in B-Flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4 (cont.) xv. 3:22- The dynamics grows louder. The texture is homophonic. xvi. 3:30- The tempo rotates from slow to fast and repeats the pattern several times. The dynamics shift from soft to loud repeats the pattern several times. xvii. 3:53- The harmony shifts to minor from major. The mood is lively/happy. xviii. 4:00- Moderate triple meter with accents on the 3rd beat.

24 Listening Guides Mazurkas in B-Flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4 (cont.) xix. 4:16- The tempo becomes very slow. The texture is homophonic. The mood is calm and almost sad. xx. 4:40- The tempo is very slow. The Dynamics are soft. xxi. 5:00- Homophonic texture. The tempo slows down greatly. xxii. 5:06- The piece ends.

25 Works Cited 1. Baker, Theodore. The Concise Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. 8th edition. New York: Schirmer Books, Libbey, Ted. "The Life and Music Of Frederic Chopin". NPR Music, 2 March "Frédéric Chopin." The Biography Channel website. Feb htp://www.biography.com/people/frédéric-chopin.


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