Fryderyk Chopin : a life and times

Published 2018
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"Alan Walker's monumental Fryderk Chopin: A Life and Times is the most comprehensive biography of the great Polish composer to appear in English in more than a century. Based on ten years of research and a vast cache of primary sources located in archives in Warsaw, Paris, London, New York, and Washington, D.C., it is a corrective work intended to dispel the many myths and legends that continue to surround Chopin, and an intimate look into a dramatic life. Of particular focus are Chopin's childhood and youth in Poland, which are brought into line with the latest scholarly findings; his oftentimes troubled romantic life with George Sand, with whom he lived for nine years; and his untimely death at age thirty-nine, which inspired three thousand people to flock to the Madeleine Church in Paris for his funeral. Thorough and engaging, and written in highly readable prose, Fryderyk Chopin wears its scholarship lightly: this is a book suited as much for the professional pianist as it is for the casual music lover. Just as he did in his definitive biography of Franz Liszt, Walker illuminated his subject with unprecedented clarity. This magisterial work brings to life one of the nineteenth century's most confounding, beloved, and legendary artists"--Dust jacket flap.

First edition.
xxix, 727 pages : illustrations, portraits, music ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Chopin's family background
Childhood and youth in Warsaw, 1810-1824
Exploring Poland : holidays in Szafarnia, 1824-1825
The Decembrist revolt, 1825-1826
At the Warsaw High School for Music, 1826-1828
First trips abroad : Berlin and Vienna, 1828-1829
Konstancja Gładkowska : the distant beloved, 1829-1830
The Warsaw Uprising, 1830-1831
An exile in Paris, 1831-1833
Chopin and the keyboard : the Raphael of the piano
Maria Wodzińska : "My misfortune", 1834-1837
An English interlude, July 1837
Buffets and rewards, 1833-1838
Enter George Sand, 1836-1838
A winter in Majorca, 1838-1839
At Nohant, 1839
Growing fame, 1839-1843
The death of Mikołaj Chopin, 1844
A harvest of sorrows, 1845-1847
Deepening shadows, 1847-1848
Twilight in Britain, 1848
The death of Chopin, 1849
Appendices. Liszt's questionnaire concerning his Life of Chopin ; General catalogue of Chopin's works.
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