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Music in Chopin's Warsaw$
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Halina Goldberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130737

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130737.001.0001

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Concert Life

Concert Life

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Music in Chopin's Warsaw

Halina Goldberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter places Chopin within Warsaw's lively concert scene. The concert life in Warsaw was dominated by virtuoso concerts, featuring local and foreign artists, Niccolò Paganini and Johann Nepomuk Hummel among them. The conventions and repertories associated with the virtuoso concerts, piano concertos in particular, as well as Chopin's earliest public concerts are discussed in detail. At the same time, music societies provided opportunities for performances on symphonic and chamber repertories that included the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. There were ambitious performances of sacred music in Warsaw churches, especially the Piarists' Church which hosted the Society for Church Music, and the Lutheran Church, which during the 1820s attracted Warsaw's best musicians, including the young Chopin. Musical performances also took place in many cafés. In some cafés, artistic projects were discussed and artistic events received the most candid reviews; others fostered an atmosphere of intense patriotism.

Keywords:   virtuoso concerts, music societies, symphonies, concertos, chamber music, sacred music, cafés, Niccolò Paganini, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Piarists' Church

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