Foreword by Peter Katin, Preface, Introduction, 1. More Specific Aspects of Style, 2. Some Explanations and Amplifications, 3. Editions, 4. A Graded List of Chopin's Works for Solo Piano, 4.1 Preludes, 4.2 Mazurkas, 4.3 Waltzes, 4.4 Polonaises, 4.5 Nocturnes, 4.6 Studies, 4.7 Trois Nouvelles Etudes, 4.8 Scherzos, 4.9 Ballades, 4.10 Sonatas, 4.11 Impromptus, 4.12 Rondos, 4.13 Variations, 4.14 Miscellaneous Works, 4.15 Works for Solo Piano without Opus Numbers, 4.16 Other Works, Persons mentioned in the text, Appendix, Bibliography, Index
Eleanor Bailie became one of Britain's most influential scholars of music. Introduced to the piano by Ruth D'Arcy Thompson, she secured a place at the Royal Academy of Music which allowed her to spend six months in Paris studying under the great piano teacher and Ravel expert, Marguerite Long. She later taught at the Royal College of Music and at Reading University.
'Eleanor Bailie has a disciplined yet refreshingly natural way of dealing with the necessary regard for structure and detail, and ceaseless care for the many technical problems present in Chopin's works, balanced simply and convincingly by the sheer love of music. This is a rare talent indeed...' - Peter Katin; 'The author has a unique way of involving us and of instilling into the pianists compulsion to turn to that particular piece and find out more about it. In summary, this book is a treasure-trove.' - Beryl Chempin, Piano Journal; 'This book exudes the love and practical knowledge of Chopin's work. It will help pianists, teachers and students to enter the unique world of Chopin.' - Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger