An Investigation of Pencil Annotations Made Probably by Chopin in Copies of First Editions Held in Nicolaus Copernicus University Library in Toruń Cover Image
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An Investigation of Pencil Annotations Made Probably by Chopin in Copies of First Editions Held in Nicolaus Copernicus University Library in Toruń

Author(s): Paweł Kamiński
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Fryderyk Chopin; music manuscripts; nineteenth-century music

Summary/Abstract: This article presents pencil annotations in copies of editions of Chopin’s works held in Nicolaus Copernicus University Library in Toruń. A meticulous analysis of the annotations, focusing on both the form of the handwriting (numbers, letters, notes, etc.) and also the content of the entries, shows that most of them are authentic. A copy of the Leipzig first edition of the ‘Nocturnes’, Op. 9 is a document of primary importance, containing many handwritten remarks made by Chopin during lessons with his pupils in the first two nocturnes. They include a dozen or so previously unknown textual variants. Annotations of lesser significance are found in a Paris edition of the ‘Nocturnes’, Op. 15 Nos. 1 and 2 and in a Leipzig edition of the ‘Nocturne’, Op. 27 No. 2 and the ‘Mazurkas’, Op. 41.

  • Issue Year: 61/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 5-33
  • Page Count: 29
  • Language: Polish