This chapter presents Chopin's education at the Warsaw Conservatory and the University of Warsaw, including a reconstruction of the curriculum required of composition students. After outlining the history of the conservatory, it discusses the ideological and theoretical principles as well as pedagogical approaches that influenced the teachers who had the strongest impact on the young Chopin — especially his composition teacher, Józef Elsner, and the literature professor, Kazimierz Brodziński. Included is explication of Elsner's theoretical traditions represented in his teaching and treatises, especially the “Treatise on Melody and Chant” and his interests in Pestalozzi's revolutionary education methods. There is also an extended discussion of Brodziński's proto-Romanticism, with special emphasis on his responses to German Romantic ideology and his involvement with the Slavophile ideals. Chopin's songs are compared to their models found in the works of his teachers.
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