Chopin Through His Contemporaries: Friends, Lovers, and by Pierre Azoury

By Pierre Azoury

Twin natures comprised Chopin's character. On one hand, he was once a hugely artistic romantic idealist and at the different, a realist attempting to deal with the area at huge. Documentary facts illustrates the disparities in his character as a mirrored image of those varied points of his psyche. Of designated curiosity are 5 formerly unpublished letters in English and the unfolding of Chopin's arguable relationships with Tytus Woyciechowski, Julian Fontana, George Sand, and Solange Sand. This serious portrayal of Chopin's character strains his trips and reports from Warsaw to Paris and divulges, between different features and characteristics, Chopin's developmental difficulties in the course of his youth, his unattractive habit in his dating with Julian Fontana, and George Sand's unrequited love for Chopin. The tradition of the time and the ambience surrounding Chopin's relationships emerge within the specific proof awarded. The ebook is split into elements. the 1st is appropriate to Chopin's early life in Warsaw. His courting with Tytus Woyciechowski in the course of the early life in Warsaw considerably impacted Chopin's emotional improvement. the second one a part of the ebook specializes in Chopin's grownup years in Paris together with his liaison with George Sand, that's thought of via her daughter, Solange, and 4 pals and neighbors universal to either Sand and Chopin. The textual content is largely annotated and this examine of Chopin's existence and character will attract either the Chopin pupil and fanatic. it is going to even be of curiosity to scholars of French Romantic literature, Romantic tune, and varnish song of the 19th century.

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Has all this rain been bad for you? I have a feeling that you are ill. For God’s sake don’t take risks! You and I are made of the same clay and you know how many times already I have fallen to pieces…. < previous page page_25 next page > < previous page page_26 next page > Page 26 There’s not enough clay in me to make a rabbit hutch. Oh, you rogue! You’ve been to the theatre, I bet —you’ve made great play with your opera-glasses and made eyes at other people, you’ve shot your glances at the epaulettes [of Russian officers, of whom Chopin was jealous]—if you have done all this, may the lightning strike you; you are not worthy of my devotion.

As is normal during that period, his center of attention gradually shifted from his family to his peers. ) Conjecturally, he still saw his mother and sisters as his main source of affection. In turn, the fact that he was spoiled by them made him expect a good deal of affection from those outside his family. The emotional and behavioral problems he had to face were probably less than they would have been had he not been accepted as the musical genius that he was and had he not already defined his role in society as a highly gifted pianist and composer.

I know I have never been of any use to anyone—and indeed not much use to myself. I told you that in my desk in the first drawer next to the door, there was a document which you or Grzymała or Jaś might unseal. I now ask you, please, to take it out and burn it without reading it . I adjure you by our friendship to do this—the paper serves no purpose now…. Love to Jaś. Tell him that I didn’t allow myself to be, or rather they didn’t have me, bled; that I have plasters on me and that I cough little, and only in the mornings; and that they no longer consider me a consumptive.

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