Chopin as an Interpreter of Mozart: The Variations Opus 2 and Don Giovanni

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Ludwig Rellstab’s review, dated November 5, 1830, of Chopin’s then recently published variations for piano and orchestra on “Là ci darem la mano,” is derogatory, derisive, and downright racist; nevertheless, it voices a seemingly reasonable complaint: “Why does he add to the theme an upbeat, which Mozart did not write? This small figure discloses the extremely poor feeling of the composer for melodic construction, for beauty in rhythm. The superfluous upbeat adheres to the lovely, regularly constructed theme as clumsily as a fifth wheel, a fifth foot, or a hump on the chest.”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBach to Brahms
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on Musical Design and Structure
EditorsDavid Beach, Yosef Goldenberg
PublisherUniversity of Rochester Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781580468770
ISBN (Print)9781580465151
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameEastman studies in music
PublisherUniversity of Rochester Press
ISSN (Print)1071-9989

Bibliographical note

Boydell & Brewer, University of Rochester Press


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