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By James Huneker
James Gibbon Huneker (1857–1921) was once a individual American newspaper critic, an essayist, and a prolific writer. His writing kind is awesome — unrestrained, casual, jam-packed with incredible perception — and this variety plus Huneker's huge wisdom of artwork and literature in addition to tune has saved his literacy paintings alive. Chopin: the guy and His Music displays the intimate, thorough wisdom of Chopin's track that Huneker bought whereas learning to be a live performance pianist and his strangely prepared perception into the nature of the good Polish composer whose song he adored.
The ebook is split into elements. the 1st treats Chopin's existence — his formative years in Poland, his emigration to Paris, the well-known George Sand episode, his disorder and dying — and reviews on Chopin as a instructor and as a pianist and performer. the second one half discusses the complete physique of Chopin's song, piece via piece. Huneker notes his personal total influence of the person compositions in addition to the impressions of Schumann, George Sand, Chopin's biographer Frederick Niecks, the various nice pianists, and others. He at once compares differing variations of Chopin's Études, Preludes, Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Polonaises, Sonatas, and different works edited by way of von Bülow, Kullak, Riemann, Mikuli, and Godowsky of their distinct therapy of fingering, phraseology, pedaling, pace indication, and so forth.
Huneker's complete paintings is reprinted the following unchanged, completely edited in operating footnotes via Herbert Weinstock to right the exuberant Huneker's inaccuracies and so as to add info that glossy musical scholarship has unearthed. Weinstock has additionally supplied an engrossing introductory essay on Huneker, and has amplified the bibliography to incorporate sleek books and articles on Chopin.
A vintage in musical biography and remark, this paintings is unsurpassed for sympathetic knowing and perception into Chopin's lifestyles and track. it is going to curiosity both tune scholars, pianists, and tune lovers.
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Garcia's reminiscence is usually brief approximately this occasion. Rollinat, Delacroix and Sand have written plentiful souvenirs of Nohant and its unusual gatherings, so allow us to no longer try to impugn the main points of the Chopin legend, that legend which coughs deprecatingly because it issues to its aureoled alabaster forehead. De Lenz might be consulted for an account of this era; he'll upload the completing touches of unreality that could be lacking. Chopin knew each of observe in Paris. the simplest salons have been open to him. a few of his confreres haven't fifty four hesitated to explain him as a section snobbish, for over the past ten years of his existence he used to be more often than not inaccessible. yet ponder his retiring nature, his suspicious Slavic temperament, exceptionally his soft health and wellbeing! the place one accuses him of indifference and selfishness there are ten who compliment his unfaltering kindness, generosity and forbearance. He was once more often than not a type and sufferer instructor, and the place expertise was once displayed his curiosity trebled. are you able to fancy this Ariel of the piano giving classes to humdrum scholars! enjoying in a charmed and bewitching circle of countesses, surrounded by way of the luxurious and the compliment that kills, Chopin is a way more usual determine, but he gave classes usually and seemed to have fun with them. He had now not a lot flavor for literature. He loved Voltaire even though he learn yet little that was once now not Polish—did he fairly get pleasure from Sand's novels? —and whilst requested why he didn't compose symphonies or operas, responded that his metier was once the piano, and to it he might stick. He spoke French even though with a Polish accessory, and in addition German, yet didn't care a lot for German song other than Bach and Mozart. Beethoven—save within the C sharp minor and several sonatas—was now not sympathetic. Schubert he came upon tough, Weber, in his piano song, too operatic and Schumann he pushed aside with out a be aware. He informed Heller that the "Carneval" was once relatively no longer tune in any respect. This comment is without doubt one of the curiosities of musical anecdotage. fifty five But he had his homosexual moments while he might gossip, chatter, imitate each one, chop up all demeanour of tips and, like Wagner, stand on his head. possibly it used to be feverish, agitated gayety, but in some way it appeared extra human than that everlasting Thaddeus of Warsaw depression and remorse for the vanished greatness and happiness of Poland—a greatness and happiness that by no means had existed. Chopin disliked letter writing and may cross miles to respond to one in individual. He didn't hate anybody particularly, being quite detached to each one and to political events—except the place Poland used to be involved. Theoretically he hated Jews and Russians, but linked to either. He used to be, like his track, a package of unreconciled affirmations and evasions and not might have been contented at any place or with anybody. Of himself he acknowledged that "he was once during this global just like the E string of a violin on a contrabass. " This "divine dissatisfaction" led him to extremes: to the flouting of buddies for fancied affronts, to the snubbing of artists who occasionally visited him. He grew suspicious of Liszt and for ten years was once now not on phrases of intimacy with him even though they by no means brazenly quarrelled.