Chopin: Prince of the Romantics

Chopin: Prince of the Romantics

Adam Zamoyski


a brand new version of Adam Zamoyski's definitive biography of Chopin, first released in 1979 and unavailable in English for a few years. Few composers elicit such powerful feelings as Chopin. Few were extra respected and adored. And few have had lots sentimental nonsense written approximately them. released to coincide with the bicentenary of Chopin's beginning, Adam Zamoyski's compelling new biography cuts throughout the mass of anecdote and delusion that has sprung up round the composer's existence and the ebullient and notable personalities of Romantic Paris between whom he lived, together with Liszt, Berlioz, Victor Hugo and George Sand, looking for the true Chopin. Zamoyski brings to the topic an unrivalled wisdom of the old, social and cultural heritage of the composer's local Poland in addition to of the France during which he spent such a lot of his artistic existence. He has scoured the data of Warsaw, Krakow, Paris and London in his quest for the reality, and has dependent his account solely on basic resources and modern money owed. the result's a biography of authority, notion and wit. Chopin emerges from the sugary romantic mist during which he has been shrouded as a true, palpable character, a guy of intelligence and humour; in tune an innovator of genius; in enterprise a feckless spendthrift; in love hesitant and gentle; in friendship passionately unswerving yet frequently intolerably exacting. via an in depth analyzing of his letters and using daily aspect, Zamoyski attracts the reader into the personal international of this most intricate and reticent of fellows - 'a artificial for intimacy', because the poet Heinrich Heine referred to as him - and divulges the genuine passions, pain and supreme tragedy of his existence.

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