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Chopin in Paris: The Life and Times of the Romantic Composer

Chopin in Paris The Life and Times of the Romantic Composer Chopin in Paris introduces the most important musical and literary figures of Fryderyk Chopin s day in a glittering story of the Romantic era During Chopin s eighteen years in Paris lasting nearly ha

  • Title: Chopin in Paris: The Life and Times of the Romantic Composer
  • Author: Tad Szulc
  • ISBN: 9780306809330
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chopin in Paris introduces the most important musical and literary figures of Fryderyk Chopin s day in a glittering story of the Romantic era During Chopin s eighteen years in Paris, lasting nearly half his short life, he shone at the center of the immensely talented artists who were defining their time Hugo, Balzac, Stendhal, Delacroix, Liszt, Berlioz, and, of course,Chopin in Paris introduces the most important musical and literary figures of Fryderyk Chopin s day in a glittering story of the Romantic era During Chopin s eighteen years in Paris, lasting nearly half his short life, he shone at the center of the immensely talented artists who were defining their time Hugo, Balzac, Stendhal, Delacroix, Liszt, Berlioz, and, of course, George Sand, a rebel feminist writer who became Chopin s lover and protector Tad Szulc, the author of Fidel and Pope John Paul II, approaches his subject with imagination and insight, drawing extensively on diaries, memoirs, correspondence, and the composer s own journal, portions of which appear here for the first time in English He uses contemporary sources to chronicle Chopin s meteoric rise in his native Poland, an ascent that had brought him to play before the reigning Russian grand duke at the age of eight He left his homeland when he was eighteen, just before Warsaw s patriotic uprising was crushed by the tsar s armies Carrying the memories of Poland and its folk music that would later surface in his polonaises and mazurkas, Chopin traveled to Vienna There he established his reputation in the most demanding city of Europe But Chopin soon left for Paris, where his extraordinary creative powers would come to fruition amid the revolutions roiling much of Europe He quickly gained fame and a circle of powerful friends and acquaintances ranging from Rothschild, the banker, to Karl Marx Distinguished by his fastidious dress and the wracking cough that would cut short his life, Chopin spent his days composing and giving piano lessons to a select group of students His evenings were spent at the keyboard, playing for his friends It was at one of these Chopin gatherings that he met George Sand, nine years his senior Through their long and often stormy relationship, Chopin enjoyed his richest creative period As she wrote dozens of novels, he composed furiously both were compulsive creators After their affair unraveled, Chopin became the prot g of Jane Stirling, a wealthy Scotswoman, who paraded him in his final year across England and Scotland to play for the aristocracy and even Queen Victoria In 1849, at the age of thirty nine, Chopin succumbed to the tuberculosis that had plagued him from childhood Chopin in Paris is an illuminating biography of a tragic figure who was one of the most important composers of all time Szulc brings to life the complex, contradictory genius whose works will live forever It is compelling reading about an exciting epoch of European history, culture, and music and about one of the great love dramas of the nineteenth century.

    Chopin In Paris The Life And Times Of The Romantic Chopin In Paris The Life And Times Of The Romantic Composer Tad Szulc on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Born in Poland in , Chopin emigrated to Vienna at age eighteen and then to Paris, where from to he would spend almost half of his brief and tumultuous life In Paris his extraordinary powers would reach their height and he would shine among Frdric Chopin Chopin seldom performed publicly in Paris In later years he generally gave a single annual concert at the Salle Pleyel, a venue that seated three hundred. Socit Chopin Paris Pour tous les concerts venir du Festival Chopin sauf pour l inauguration du juin, billetterie uniquement sur concertclassic, ticketac et fnac , une billetterie est votre disposition sur place avant chacun des concerts l Orangerie du Parc de Chopin Great interpreters great Chopin interpreters Although most pianists have Chopin s music in their repertoire, many critics consider the following pianists the great interpreters of Chopin s music in the past century. The Parisian Worlds of Frederic Chopin Dr William G The Parisian Worlds of Frederic Chopin Dr William G Atwood on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Fleeing the Russian oppression of his native Warsaw in , Fr_d_ric Chopin stopped in Paris on his way to London Preludes Chopin Chopin s Preludes, Op , are a set of short pieces for the piano, one in each of the twenty four keys, originally published in Chopin wrote them between and , partly at Valldemossa, Majorca, where he spent the winter of and where he had fled with George Sand and her children to escape the damp Paris weather In Majorca, Chopin had a copy of Bach s The Well The Best of Chopin YouTube Oct , Buy the MP album on the Official Halidon Music Store Listen to Chopin Essential Classics on Spotify Order Hotel toiles au centre de Paris SITE OFFICIEL Bienvenue dans le monde des passages Parisiens et de l htel Chopin Faites une visite hors du temps de la ville de Paris, travers ses galeries couvertes. Fryderyk Chopin Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, anche noto con il nome francesizzato di Frdric Franois Chopin elazowa Wola, febbraio Parigi, ottobre , stato un compositore e pianista polacco naturalizzato francese. Frdric Chopin Wikipdia La mre de Frdric Chopin, Tekla Justyna Krzy anowska , est originaire de la petite noblesse de Dlugie, en Cujavie.Elle a eu une ducation soigne, sait jouer du piano et

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    1. Prior to reading this book I had no knowledge of this great composer or his music. If it were not for the previous good reviews of this book I would not have bothered buying a copy. I am so glad that I did, I just fell in love with this story, it was a captivating account! During the time I read this book I purchased about five CD's of Chopin's music. This is more a book of the man and his time in Paris than an in-depth account of his music, his style and his compositions. Regardless of that, yo [...]

    2. To me, a great biography brings the subject to life, a rarity in the genre and no simple task. Doris Kearns Goodwin succeeded in doing so with Lincoln in "Team of Rivals;" David McCullough made John Adams come alive in his famous bio of the 2nd President. I cannot say the same for Tad Szulc's bio of Chopin. The reader mainly learns that Chopin was sickly and moody but could be charming (which I already knew.). Szulc basically tells the entire story by quoting letters, many of them mundane. Do I [...]

    3. If you like Chopin and Paris, especially its history and then artists who have made it a cultural capitol, then this is a book for you. It's very well-researched by Szulc, a former NY Times reporter born in Poland and obviously familiar with Polish and French, as well as musical theory. He's written a wonderful history of Paris in the first half of the 19th century and an account of the personal, political, and aesthetic lives of Chopin, George Sand, who lived with Chopin for ten years, and the [...]

    4. I don't really feel qualified to leave a rating or a review of this book because I bailed before I reached 100 pages. My experience so far was HOLY COW THAT'S A LOT OF INFORMATION!!! It was chock full of every detail you'd ever want to know about Chopin, as well as his contemporaries in music and literature. It was a great history lesson, and I plan on keeping it around for reference, but it's not the sort of book you'd sit and read straight through like I was trying to do.

    5. So incredibly dry and difficult to finish. I was hoping this would bring Chopin alive, but it only made him seem Dead.

    6. An interesting read, but peppered throughout with conjecture presented as fact and unfortunate elements of the author's discomfort with anything resembling queerness.

    7. You will fall in love with Chopin reading this book! It was a little slow going for me at first with lots of names and information. But his personality starts to shine through more with the appearance of George Sand. I enjoyed his subtle sense of humor. Unknowingly I started reading this on the day after the date of his death, which was Oct 17.

    8. Very interesting, however, the author didn't seem tocapture the personality of a composer who wrote such sensitive music.

    9. A very meticulous account of Chopin's life and his relationships with his contemporaries. Told in the third person with digressions consisting of quotes from letters between Chopin and his family, friends and acquaintances, it doesn't really read like a story. The narrative follows a fairly strict chronological order. There is some interpretation but not much profound insight. The detail is rich and faithfully conveyed, but the style of the book is dry and fairly uninspiring. This is a great boo [...]

    10. "A wonderful account of Chopin's life, and mostly of his life in Paris, where he seems to have met all the great artists of his time, and of his love affair with the complex and tumultuous George Sand. Richly detailed and lovingly written, it brings back to life not only the great composer but a whole society that has lost none of its power to fascinate."

    11. A wonderful account of Chopin's life, and mostly of his life in Paris, where he seems to have met all the great artists of his time, and of his love affair with the complex and tumultuous George Sand. Richly detailed and lovingly written, it brings back to life not only the great composer but a whole society that has lost none of its power to fascinate.

    12. What a brilliant way to look at Chopin the man and his music. Szulc focuses on Chopin's surroundings and influential friendships as well as his personal life and the life of Parisians at the time Chopin lived there so we the reader garner a much better understanding of this musical genius.

    13. Really enjoyed this. It wasn't just a biography of Chopin--it was an account of his times and the people he knew. Now I want to read some of George Sand's work and finally finish Un hiver a Majorque which I started years ago.

    14. I developed a huge crush to Chopin when I was 14. I cut out his photo in the book and hid it inside my diary.

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