Table of Contents
   Chopin's brief life and long deathp. 1
   Big ideas in small packages : the etudes and preludesp. 25
   The music for piano and orchestrap. 37
   Dance idealized : the waltzesp. 43
   Operatic reveries : the nocturnesp. 53
   The sonatasp. 65
   Patriotism and tragedy : the polonaisesp. 73
   The individual worksp. 85
   Lyricism and drama in fixed forms : the impromptus and scherzosp. 93
   The mazurkasp. 107
   The balladesp. 125
   The importance of Chopinp. 137