By J. Cuthbert Hadden
First showing in 1903, this is often probably the 1st actually well-balanced account of Chopin as a guy and Chopin as a composer, in English. the writer describes Chopin s existence and actions from his early days in Warsaw to the times he spent in London, Paris, Vienna, and in other places. the writer provides money owed of the passion with which Chopin s works have been got, early stories, Chopin s personal reactions to the locations he visited and the folks he observed, and masses extra. additionally integrated are a variety of letters, a bibliography, a listing of Chopin s released works (at the time of writing), and an index. even supposing there is not any scarcity of biographies of Chopin, the current e-book is written at a time of heightened curiosity, and is filled with the power and fervour which show a extra sincere conception of the influence the composer has on audiences around the globe, than many scholarly debts do this day. definitely a needs to for the fanatic of Chopin, and absolutely an effective way for the newcomer to get to understand the main points concerning the guy at the back of the song.
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One musicseller asked for his portrait, but was refused on the ground that he did not want to see his face on cheese and butter wrappers. In fact, the whole thing was overdone, as Chopin thought. “I will no longer read what people write about me,” he said in a petulant mood. Of course, he did not mean it. If he had lived to-day, he would have subscribed to a press-cutting agency. One would have imagined that in Warsaw the arts, and especially music, must receive but scant attention about the date at which we have now arrived.
Hadow says, should have been the beginning of a more intimate romance, but, instead of that, it was virtually the end of the story. ” After the composer left Warsaw he appears at any rate to have had no further direct communication with “his Constantia;” presently her name vanishes from his letters; and when she marries a year later he takes the news with a momentary burst of anger, and then dismisses the subject from his thoughts. Some writers have blamed the lady for what they call her “heartless treatment” of Chopin, but there is absolutely no ground for any accusation of the kind.
He knows how to please, although in his case the desire to make good music predominates noticeably over the desire to give pleasure. ” As Mr. ” Chopin came away from Vienna delighted with his visit. ” 30 Chapter Two When he got home he wrote to Woyciechowski that it had “utterly stupefied and infatuated” him. He made the acquaintance of so many musical people too: Gyrowetz (whose concerto he had played at his first concert in Warsaw;) Franz Lachner, the friend of Schubert, Conradin Kreutzer; Seyfried, the capellmeister; Mayseder, the leading Viennese violinist of the day, and many others.