Department of Music, UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine University of California, Irvine

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  • Chopin’s Four Ballades: An Interactive Lecture-Recital with Gordon Marsh Jan. 23

    Join Gordon Marsh on piano for Chopin’s Four Ballades: Genre, Pianism, and Musical Narrative, January 23, 2015, Winifred Smith Hall, 1:00 pm

    Free and open to the public


    Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) came of age during the post-classical period, where a consortium of battling virtuosos, piano manufacturers, music publishers, and taste-making critics, fed the public’s appetite for pianistic showmanship. In his mid-twenties, Chopin quit this world in order to focus on a unique musical language that joined popular genres and brilliant pianism in a deeply personal blend of thematic, harmonic, and contrapuntal narrative. The four ballades span Chopin’s most productive years (1836-1842), and...