Chopin is one of the great originals of musical history and among the most universally beloved of all composers. Every one of his compositions involves the piano and his contribution to the development of the instrument’s potential cannot be overestimated. This biography offers a clear perspective on Chopin’s complex character, whose innermost feelings were only fully expressed in his music. Generously illustrated, it draws widely on contemporary sources, with detailed commentary on all Chopin’s works, making it both an engaging portrait of the composer and an important work of reference.
About the Author
Jeremy Nicholas is the author of three highly praised reference works on classical music and the biographer of the pianist-composer Leopold Godowsky. He writes extensively for Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, Classic FM Magazine and International Piano. He has composed music for stage and television productions, and many of his instrumental pieces and humorous songs have been published and recorded. Well known as an actor and broadcaster, he is an Olivier Award nominee and the recipient of a coveted Sony Gold Award. He has made numerous spoken word recordings, including several for Naxos. In his spare time he runs a church choir and is President of the Jerome K. Jerome Society.