By J. Cuthbert Hadden
First showing in 1903, this is often possibly the 1st actually well-balanced account of Chopin as a guy and Chopin as a composer, in English. the writer describes Chopin s lifestyles and actions from his early days in Warsaw to the times he spent in London, Paris, Vienna, and in other places. the writer provides bills of the passion with which Chopin s works have been got, early reports, Chopin s personal reactions to the areas he visited and the folks he observed, and lots more and plenty extra. additionally integrated are quite a few letters, a bibliography, a listing of Chopin s released works (at the time of writing), and an index. even if there's no scarcity of biographies of Chopin, the current ebook is written at a time of heightened curiosity, and is filled with the vigor and keenness which display a extra sincere belief of the impression the composer has on audiences all over the world, than many scholarly debts do this day. definitely a needs to for the fanatic of Chopin, and absolutely a good way for the newcomer to get to grasp the main points in regards to the guy in the back of the song.
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Apparently there had been some little flirtation with Leopoldine Blahetka in Vienna, for Chopin writes of his re- 33 34 Chapter Three gret at parting with that beauty—she was a beauty, and just “sweet seventeen”—and tells how she gave him as a souvenir a copy of her compositions. But this was a passing fancy. With Chopin “out of sight, out of mind” was a proverb of precise application. The lady who now became the object of his devouring passion bore the name of Constantia Gladowska. She was a vocalist and a student at the Warsaw Conservatoire.
Elsner and the pupils of the Conservatoire met him, sang a Cantata composed for the occasion, and presented him with a silver goblet filled with Polish earth. That same earth was, after a few short years, to be strewn on his coffin in distant Père la Chaise. CHAPTER IV “Out in the Wide World” CHOPIN was now on his journey into the “wide world,” to march in earnest with the steps of time, to battle with the shocks of chance. He was no longer a temporary wanderer from the paternal roof. ” Like the knights-errant of the old days of chivalry, he had only the vaguest notion of his ultimate destination.
Meanwhile the Gladowska affair, with its “unbearable longing,” continued to tug at his heart-strings. The summer had gone, the winter was approaching, and he was still the victim of his undeclared passion. The old irresolution returned upon him. Constantia had just made her début as “Agnese” in Paër’s opera of that title, and the event produced a fresh agitation. On the 18th of September he writes to Woyciechowski: I have no special attraction anywhere, but, in any event, I shall not remain in Warsaw.