Federick Chopin

By Frederick Niecks

Frederick Nieck’s excellent biography of the well-known Polish composer Frédéric François Chopin.

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It isn't tricky to find the situations that during this recognize brought on issues to show out so little in response to the younger man's needs. Prince Radziwill was once no longer in Berlin while Chopin arrived, and, even if he was once anticipated, probably by no means got here, or got here too overdue to be of any use. As to Lichtenstein, his time used to be an excessive amount of taken up by way of his tasks as secretary to the congress. Had this no longer been so, the professor couldn't basically have introduced the younger artist involved with the various musical celebrities in Berlin, but in addition have advised him a lot approximately his intimate buddy Carl Maria von Weber, who had died little greater than years earlier than.

Without doubt, it truly is attainable to completely digest all of the needful fabric, after which current it in an ideal, attractive shape. yet this may purely be performed at a poor loss, at a sacrifice of fact and trustworthiness. My guideline has been to put sooner than the reader the proof amassed by means of me in addition to the conclusions at which I arrived. this may permit him to work out the topic in all its bearings, with all its execs and cons, and to attract his personal conclusions, may still mine now not receive his approval.

From Reinerz Frederick went to Strzyzewo, the valuables of Madame Wiesiolowska, his godmother, and sister of his godfather, count number Frederick Skarbek. whereas he used to be spending the following the remainder of his vacations, he took good thing about a call for participation he had acquired from Prince Radziwill (governor of the grand duchy of Posen, and, via his spouse, a daughter of Prince Ferdinand, relating to the royal kinfolk of Prussia) to go to him at his country-seat Antonin, which used to be now not very faraway from Strzyzewo. The Prince, who had many kinfolk in Poland, and paid common visits to that kingdom, needs to on those events have heard of and met with the musical prodigy that was once the puppy of the aristocracy.

What Moscheles heard and suggestion might be amassed from the next access in his diary:-"Unfortunately, we heard of Chopin's severe , made ourselves inquiries, and located all of the unhappy information proven. given that he has been laid up hence, his sister has been with him. Now the times of the negative fellow are numbered, his sufferings nice. unhappy lot! " certain, Chopin's situation had develop into so hopeless that his family have been communicated with, and his sister, Louisa Jedrzejewicz, [FOOTNOTE: a similar sister who visited him in 1844, handed on that get together additionally your time at Nohant, and thus is pointed out in a letter of Chopin's to Franchomme.

Yet no, he had resolved to put in writing a concerto, and needs to now positioned his hand to the rudder, and feature performed with idle dreaming, at the least for the current - unaware, unluckily, that the idle dreamings of a few individuals are worthy greater than their severe efforts. good, what's unpoetically known as the working-out part - to name it unfastened fantasia during this example will be mockery - jogs my memory of Goethe's "Zauberlehrling," who stated to himself within the absence of his grasp, "I famous his phrases, works, and technique, and, with self-discipline, I additionally shall do wonders.

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