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Teaching the Art of Singing
The new booklet shows the
genius of Chopin from an entirely new angle.
He tutored budding Bel.Canto
opera stars in the art of singing! This
discovery replaces the traditional view that
Chopin only gave piano lessons to high-society
ladies in Paris and a few professionals.
The career of three singers
of international fame is examined: Pauline Garcia Viardot, Henriette Nissen
and Jenny Lind - all pupils
of Chopin. Although not
writing any opera himself, Chopin created opera stars!
Chopin's song method ...
L'Art du Chant.
the booklet |
Investigative research of
Chopin Teaching the Art of Singing,
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conclude that Chopin made an important
contribution to the Bel Canto tradition as it
evolved in parallel with the development of the
piano and other instruments, and that his method was rooted in the
teaching principles of the famous Bel Canto
tenor and voice pedagogue Manuel Garcia, Sr.
The research draws on a
large body of period information collected since 2002 by
Icons of Europe (c. 100 footnotes in the booklet).
« "Songs of the night", "piano bel canto": such
is how Fryderyk Chopin's nocturnes are usually
says NIFC, Warsaw.
au gant / Singer with
Glove, pastel by Edgar.Degas,
1878; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University.
International conference, Paris
The content of BEL CANTO was
initially presented as a
research paper Chopin Teaching Singers by
Cecilia Jorgensen, Icons of Europe at the
International Musicological Conference
Tellefsen in the musical culture of Paris during the
19th century.», Paris, 18.Sep.
conference was organized by the
à Paris in cooperation with
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Warsaw
¹ The paper expands Plot 2/10 of
Chopin's Dream (The
Maiden's Wish, rec. 1900).