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Life of Chopin

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He lived in the shadow of death, painfully aware of the tuberculosis that would kill him prematurely. But Frédéric Chopin attained immortality with his piano works, which endure as pinnacles of the instrument's repertoire. This biography by one of the nineteenth century's foremost pianists--Chopin's friend and fellow artist, Franz Liszt--offers a highly informed assessment of the Polish composer's musical legacy. It is further enlivened by the author's personal acquaintance with Chopin's other friends, who constituted the very cream of Parisian intellectual and artistic society.

Born a year apart, Chopin and Liszt came of age in an era favorable to musical change, when audiences as well as performers were receptive to Romanticism's innovations. Liszt surveys the technical brilliance as well as the poetry of Chopin's masterpieces, including the "Adagio" from Piano Concerto No. 2 and Polonaise in F-sharp Minor. He also chronicles Chopin's progress from child prodigy to the darling of Parisian salons. A source of rare and unparalleled insights into Chopin's world of private anguish and public triumph, this memoir recounts the composer's loneliness as a Polish emigré, his tempestuous romance with George Sand, and his life among a glittering social set that included Balzac, Hugo, Berlioz, Delacroix, and Schumann.

Synopsis:

Written by the Polish composer's friend and fellow artist, this memoir offers a highly informed assessment of Chopin's musical legacy. It also explores his social circle, which included Sand, Balzac, Hugo, Berlioz, Delacroix, and Schumann.

Synopsis:

Written by the Polish composer's friend and fellow artist, this memoir offers a highly informed assessment of Chopin's musical legacy. It also explores his social circle, which included Sand, Balzac, Hugo, Berlioz, Delacroix, and Schumann.


Synopsis:

This biography of Frédéric Chopin by his friend and fellow artist, Franz Liszt, offers a highly informed assessment of the Polish composer's musical legacy. It's further enlivened by the author's personal acquaintance with Chopin's other friends, who included Sand, Balzac, Hugo, Berlioz, Delacroix, and Schumann. Liszt surveys the brilliance of several of Chopin's masterpieces.

Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Chapter I. Chopin--Style and Improvements--The Adagio of the Second Concerto--Funeral March--Psychological Character of the Compositions of Chopin

Chapter II. National Character of the Polonaise--Oginsky--Meyseder--Weber--Chopin--His Polonaise in F sharp Minor--Polonaise Fantaisie

Chapter III. Chopin's Mazourkas--Polish Ladies--Mazourka in Poland Tortured Motives--Early Life of Chopin--Zal

Chapter IV. Chopin's Mode of Playing--Concerts--The Elite--Fading Bouquets and Immortal Crowns--Hospitality--Heine--Meyerbeer--Adolphe Nourrit--Eugène Delacroix--Niemcevicz--Mickiewicz--George Sand

Chapter V. The Lives of Artists--Pure Fame of Chopin--Reserve--Classic and Romantic Art--Language of the Slavs--Chopin's Love of Home--Memories

Chapter VI. Birth and Early Life of Chopin--National Artists--Chopin Embodies in Himself the Poetic Sense of his Whole Nation--Opinion of Beethoven

Chapter VII. Madame Sand--Lélia--Visit to Majorca--Exclusive Ideals

Chapter VIII. Disappointment--Ill Health--Visit to England--Devotion of Friends--Last Sacraments--Delphine Potocka--Louise--M. Gutman--Death

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486446257
Author:
Liszt, Franz
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
Classical
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Classical Composers
Subject:
Composers
Subject:
Chopin, Frederic
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
biography of Chopin
Subject:
Chopin biography
Subject:
Dover
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Music
Publication Date:
20051231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.4 lb

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Written by the Polish composer's friend and fellow artist, this memoir offers a highly informed assessment of Chopin's musical legacy. It also explores his social circle, which included Sand, Balzac, Hugo, Berlioz, Delacroix, and Schumann.

"Synopsis" by , Written by the Polish composer's friend and fellow artist, this memoir offers a highly informed assessment of Chopin's musical legacy. It also explores his social circle, which included Sand, Balzac, Hugo, Berlioz, Delacroix, and Schumann.


"Synopsis" by ,
This biography of Frédéric Chopin by his friend and fellow artist, Franz Liszt, offers a highly informed assessment of the Polish composer's musical legacy. It's further enlivened by the author's personal acquaintance with Chopin's other friends, who included Sand, Balzac, Hugo, Berlioz, Delacroix, and Schumann. Liszt surveys the brilliance of several of Chopin's masterpieces.
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