On Piano Teaching with the Aid of Classical Chinese Poems: A Case Study on Chopin’s Etude OP 10, No 3

  •  Mingchun Li    


Chopin, a great composer and piano player of the Romantic period, holds a unique and irreplaceable position in the history of Western piano. His piano compositions are well known for their poetic and musical structures, cantabile melodies and tones, ingeniously harmonious language, and profound national emotions. These features are highly similar to classical Chinese poems in terms of structure, rhythm, emotion, and musicality. For Chinese people, their acceptance and love of Western music are largely begun with their appreciation of Chopin’s piano works. Interpreting Chopin’s music by classical Chinese poems is therefore conducive to further grasping the essence of his works. This paper attempts to focus on Chopin’s etude Op10, No3 to demonstrate the charm of his music from the traditional cultural perspective of classical Chinese poems and, by a detailed analysis of his masterly rhythm and poetic structure of music, to reveal how such a perspective can help achieve the purpose of piano teaching.

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