Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 22, 2022


Vladimir Safatle
Pages 189-205

How to Explode an Expressive Body
Romantic Strategies in Chopin’s Études pour piano

This article aims to discuss the gestural character of Chopin’s pianistic writing. We will focus on the set of Etudes pour piano. We expect to show how the notion of musical expression in Romanticism is dependent of a notion of expressive body always in the limit of decomposition. This could show us how musical expression is a privileged space for a better understanding of the dialectical relationship between form and formless.