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 inventive romantic idealist and at the different, a realist attempting to focus on the realm at huge. Documentary facts illustrates the disparities in his character as a mirrored image of those diversified facets of his psyche. Of specified curiosity are 5 formerly unpublished letters in English and the unfolding of Chopin's arguable relationships with Tytus Woyciechowski, Julian Fontana, George Sand, and Solange Sand.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 severe portrayal of Chopin's character lines his trips and reports from Warsaw to Paris and divulges, between different features and characteristics, Chopin's developmental difficulties in the course of his formative years, 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 distinct facts provided. The booklet is split into elements. the 1st is correct to Chopin's early life in Warsaw. His courting with Tytus Woyciechowski through the adolescence in Warsaw considerably impacted Chopin's emotional improvement. the second one a part of the booklet specializes in Chopin's grownup years in Paris together with his liaison with George Sand, that is thought of via her daughter, Solange, and 4 buddies and associates universal to either Sand and Chopin. The textual content is greatly annotated and this learn of Chopin's existence and character will attract either the Chopin student and fanatic. it is going to even be of curiosity to scholars of French Romantic literature, Romantic tune, and varnish tune of the 19th century.

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Everyone asks what is the matter with me. I am out of spirits. Hube is taking care of me: I have a cold in the head. Anyhow you know what is wrong with me…. Why am I so desperately lonely today? … Embrace me, for I love you all more than my life—write as often as you can. Where is she? At Radom? … You write that you will be joining forces in the field— then how can you give her my note? Don’t send it by anyone! Be careful—perhaps my parents would think ill of me. One more embrace! You are going to the wars; then return a colonel!

This can be surmised only from what he wrote to his family at the time and from Skrodzki’s observations, assuming them to be exact. He exhibited the desire for independence and self-assertion that any healthy sixteen year old craves. ’’) Fryderyk may have objected to his father’s intrusion in his private life (‘‘You did well, Gene, you did well’’), but at the same time he probably recognized the reason for, if not the wisdom of, Nicolas’s concern. 29 The last two years there had coincided with the beginning of his adolescence and all that this implied in terms of developmental problems.

Although he was to acquire his formal training there, his essential musical personality was set and was subsequently to be developed, to mature and be refined. (He had already taken some four years of private tuition in harmony and counterpoint with Józef Elsner. ) On the emotional side, his formative years had been spent largely within the sheltered confines of his family milieu. In addition to his innate introspection and sense of humor, these years impressed on him a sober and somewhat rigorous outlook on life, reinforced his family ties, but focused little on the development of his fragile self-confidence.

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