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Chopin's Funeralby Benita Eisler
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The author of the acclaimed biography Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame brings to life a closely focused portrait of another great romantic artist, Frédéric Chopin.
At twenty-one, Chopin fled Russian-occupied Poland for exile in France. He would never see his native country again. With only two public concerts in as many years, he became a star of Parisian society and a legendary performer at its salons, revered by his great contemporaries Schumann, Liszt, and the painter Eugène Delacroix. Blessed with genius, success, and the love of Europe's most famous — and infamous — woman novelist, George Sand, Chopin's years of triumph ended with his expulsion from paradise: less than two decades after his conquest of Paris, the composer lay destitute and dying in the arms of Sand's estranged daughter, Solange. Chopin's Funeral is the story of this fatal fall from grace, of an Oedipal tragedy unfolding, and of illness and loss redeemed by the radical breakthrough of the composer's last style.
Richly textured and artfully compressed, Chopin's Funeral is an intimate close-up of an embattled man, grappling with conflict on all sides: family violence, political passions, and, not least, his own dependency and pride. With consummate skill Benita Eisler tells the story of the artist as exile, of an explosive love affair, and of worlds — private and public — convulsed by momentous change.
"Chopin's failings...are made clear; but Eisler, deeply sympathetic to the quality of the music, also shows that he never ceased to struggle, despite perpetual illness, to expand his extraordinary gift into areas where no musician had previously ventured....[A] skillfully written and mercifully brief overview that hits the right notes." Publishers Weekly
"Poor Frédéric Chopin: so much talent, so much sorrow. Eisler, a gifted biographer of artists and writers, strikes exactly the right elegiac tone on the first page of this slender volume....A sad story superbly chronicled." Kirkus Reviews
Eisler, author of the acclaimed biography "Byron," offers a closely focused portrait of Chopin — the story of his last years, and of his legendary affair with the notorious novelist George Sand. Artful and engaging, brilliantly compressed and atmospheric, this is a masterful interpretation of a great life.
Benita Eisler, author of the acclaimed biography Byron, offers a closely focused portrait of Chopin — the story of his last years, and of his legendary affair with the notorious novelist George Sand.
Like his music, Chopin's life is heartbreaking. At twenty-one, he left embattled Warsaw for exile in Paris. After two public concerts in as many years, he was a star of Parisian society, and an intimate of his great contemporaries Schumann, Liszt, and the painter Eugene Delacroix, who famously introduced him to George Sand and painted their double portrait.
Ten years later, as Chopin lay destitute and dying of consumption in the arms of Sand's estranged daughter, revolution surged through the streets of Paris, ending forever the role of the artist as courtier that he had played so deftly. Art split into high and low, popular and obscure, and the meaning of nationalism changed forever.
Chopin's Funeral is an intimate close-up of the composer's last years — the story of the artist as exile, of a spectacular love affair, and of a nation on the cusp of the modern age. Artful and engaging, brilliantly compressed and atmospheric, it is a masterful interpretation of a great life.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-218) and index.
About the Author
Benita Eisler is the author of Byron and O'Keeffe and Stieglitz: An American Romance. She lives in Manhattan.
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