Contrasting interpretations of Chopin's Nocturne, Op. 27, No. 2, and Waltz, Op. 64, No. 2, as recorded by four great pianists of the nineteenth century and four of the twentieth century
This thesis is focused on different approaches to performing Chopin's Nocturne, Op. 27, No. 2, and Waltz, Op. 64, No. 2, by great pianists of the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. It shows that in different eras the interpretations of these works have been varied, depending on the pianists' personality and training, and on the performance practice of their times. The pianists of the nineteenth century are more flexible with the actual notes in the score; they feel justified in altering the notes and markings, whereas, the pianists of the twentieth century are more conservative and follow the composer's directions more strictly. The elements studied in these works include tempo, rubato, ornamentation, and rhythmic and melodic freedom.