The Chopin Review
2018 Issue 1 © Fryderyk Chopin Institute
© Fryderyk Chopin Institute
Sixty-one years ago, in 1956, an editorial committee led by Józef M. Chomiński established the Rocznik Chopinowski / Annales Chopin. The purpose of that periodical, designed as a collaborative project of ‘music historians and theorists with composers and performers’ (as the editors declared in the foreword), was to ‘enhance research into Chopin’s compositional mastery and to use its findings in editorial and artistic work relating to the interpretation of Chopin’s works’.
The need for a publication of this kind – providing a forum for the dissemination of research on Chopin and his oeuvre, for vigorous debate and for current information – is greater than ever before. Although the Annales and its successor Chopin Studies (which assembled the most valuable material from the Polish Rocznik in foreign-language versions) were produced over forty-five years, no less than seventeen years have elapsed since the last issue appeared – a double volume published in 2001. Since then, Polish and international musicological and artistic activities focused on Chopin have been extremely rich, yet there has been no effective way of representing and consolidating them in a single publication.
We are therefore convinced of the indispensability of a thematic Chopin periodical dedicated primarily to scholarly research. To that end, we are delighted to announce the launch of two new journals: The Chopin Review and Studia Chopinowskie. The first of these will address a global audience, while the latter will be targeted at a Polish readership. Both are intended to offer a forum for dialogue and for the presentation of specialist research into Chopin, his work and its cultural contexts.
The contents of The Chopin Review and Studia Chopinowskie will be similar but not identical. Successive issues of both journals will focus on specific themes and will contain new research, translations of significant and canonic articles, and transcripts of papers and panel discussions from important symposia and conferences. An essential part of each journal will be the review section, featuring informed discussion of books published in Poland and abroad, as well as outstanding recordings and films.
The Chopin Review and Studia Chopinowskie, published by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, will help to realise the Institute’s mission to inspire, support, coordinate and disseminate academic research into Chopin and his music, as well as their context, as broadly conceived.
Our aim is to provide music professionals with journals of the highest scholarly and editorial standards, corresponding to their subject matter.
Zofia Chechlińska (Fryderyk Chopin Institute)
Maciej Gołąb (University of Wrocław)
Jeffrey Kallberg (University of Pennsylvania)
Wojciech Nowik (Fryderyk Chopin University of Music)
Irena Poniatowska (University of Warsaw)
John Rink (University of Cambridge)
Kamila Stępień-Kutera (Fryderyk Chopin Institute)
Artur Szklener (Fryderyk Chopin Institute)
Mieczysław Tomaszewski (Academy of Music in Kraków)
Editorial Team, Issue 1
John Rink (Editor)
John Comber (Translator and Language Editor)
Ewa Bogula (Editorial Assistant)
Grzegorz Laszukk+s, Anna Hegmank+s
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