By J. Cuthbert Hadden
First showing in 1903, this can be might be the 1st actually well-balanced account of Chopin as a guy and Chopin as a composer, in English. the writer describes Chopin s existence and actions from his early days in Warsaw to the times he spent in London, Paris, Vienna, and somewhere else. the writer supplies bills of the keenness with which Chopin s works have been got, early studies, Chopin s personal reactions to the locations he visited and the folk he observed, and lots more and plenty extra. additionally incorporated are various letters, a bibliography, an inventory of Chopin s released works (at the time of writing), and an index. even supposing there's no scarcity of biographies of Chopin, the current e-book is written at a time of heightened curiosity, and is filled with the vigor and keenness which demonstrate a extra sincere notion of the impression the composer has on audiences all over the world, than many scholarly money owed do at the present time. definitely a needs to for the fanatic of Chopin, and definitely a good way for the newcomer to get to understand the main points concerning the guy at the back of the tune.
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In this year, too, Chopin had the pleasure of hearing Paganini. The wizard violinist naturally appealed to him mainly in the character of a phenomenon, but that he admired him to a certain extent is indicated by the Souvenir de Paganini, which is supposed to belong to this period. This composition, said to be in the key of A Major, was first published in the supplement of the Warsaw Echo Muzyczne. It is so rare that Niecks had never seen a copy when he wrote his Life of Chopin. Paderewski, however, told Mr.
This suggestion that he should play in public appears to have somewhat surprised the modest young artist. To play in Warsaw was all very well, but to play “in a city which can boast of having heard a Haydn, a Mozart, and a Beethoven,” that was a distinction he had not dreamed of achieving just yet. Musical Vienna, to its credit, set itself very warmly to overcome his diffidence. ” Capellmeister Würfel insisted that, as his compositions were about to appear, he must give a concert, otherwise he would have to return to Vienna for the purpose.
Perhaps the cholera scare had something to do with it; perhaps also the political situation: Chopin was a Pole, and some of the better families may have stayed away from a prudent desire not to compromise themselves. The attendance at anyrate was small, and the receipts fell greatly short of the expenses. It was another and a cruel blow to the young artist. Soon after this we hear for the first time of Chopin being concerned about ways and means. Probably, as has been suggested, this was due to the failure of his recital; but, whatever the reason, he had now to submit to the humiliation of writing to his father for money to enable him to leave Vienna.