CHOPIN AND THE ART OF VIRTUOSITY – PROF. JOHN RINK AT THE FRYDERYK CHOPIN MUSEUM
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On 8 October, The Fryderyk Chopin Institute invites you to a lecture by a juror at the 17th Chopin Competition, entitled Chopin and the Art of Virtuosity.

What did Fryderyk Chopin contribute to pianistic virtuosity, and how did that art, extraordinarily popular in the 19th century, change under his influence? This and many other questions will be answered by Prof. John Rink (University of Cambridge) during his lecture at the Fryderyk Chopin Museum.  The British musicologist, a distinguished expert on the Polish composer’s music, is sitting on the jury of the Chopin Competition for the first time.
Prof. Rink will discuss the influence on Chopin’s œuvre by Friedrich Kalkbrenner, Ignaz Moscheles and Johann Nepomuk Hummel. He will also talk about what kind of pianist Chopin was, and how the composer changed the approach to virtuosity in his time. He will also address the issue of what Chopin’s contemporaries – students, pianists and critics – thought of him and his pianistic art. The lecture will be illustrated with musical examples – we will hear fragments of the Sonata in B minor op. 58 and the Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61.

Prof. John Rink’s lecture will take place at the Fryderyk Chopin Museum Concert Hall on 8 October 2015, the day before the beginning of the 2nd round of the Chopin Competition.  The lecture will be accompanied by a temporary exhibition entitled Virtuoso, and will be translated into Polish.

Fryderyk Chopin Museum, 6 PM. 

Admission free