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music in salons

Halina Goldberg

in Music in Chopin's Warsaw

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195130737
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199867424 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130737.003.0007
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Warsaw's salons, especially those principally dedicated to musical gatherings, provided the most interesting venue for serious music making. This chapter discusses the professional and amateur musicians who were active in the salon scene, repertories favored within the salon settings — piano, vocal, and chamber music in particular — and the specifics of music-making in musical salons, especially those at the homes of Joseph Christoph Kessler and Józef and Anna Cichocki. For Chopin, much musical education came in the guise of salon chamber concerts, which included chamber transcriptions of orchestral music. Performances of this sort gave him the opportunity to become acquainted with repertories not heard in concert (by listening to or participating in performances). They also provided him with a venue through which he could test and customize his own compositions.

Keywords: professional musicians; amateur musicians; chamber music; piano music; vocal music; orchestral music; Joseph Christoph Kessler; Anna Cichocki

Chapter.  13458 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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