Chopin in Paris : The Life and Times of the Romantic Composer (Paperback)

Author: Szulc, Tad

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First time in paperback: The acclaimed biography of Chopin focusing on his 18 years in Paris at the center of a dazzling circle that included Hugo, Balzac, Stendhal, Delacroix, List, Berlioz, and George Sand.


Publisher Perseus Books Group
Mfg Part# 9780306809330
SKU 30533409
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0306809338
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6L x 1T
"Despite stylistic weaknesses, Szulc's book offers a readable account of the most creative period of Chopin's life and of the many geniuses he rubbed shoulders with. He also gives a particularly fine impression of the startling effect that Chopin the pianist had upon his listeners".
"'Chopin in Paris' is a sober, well-researched and carefully constructed chronicle of the events and experiences that figured most prominently in the composer's life, at once a biography of the artist and a history of the social setting within which his art emerged. Without doing much to elucidate Chopin's music, it sheds new light on the man and his milieu."
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Annotation This book, cleverly divided into "Andante," "Rondo," and "Coda," chronicles the life of the Romantic composer Frederic Chopin. The author focuses on the 18 years the composer spent in Paris, prefacing his experiences with a discussion of the European Romanticism that was coming to fruition there. Highlights include Chopin's Polish-French upbringing and his seven-year affair with the writer George Sand. A "New York Times" Notable Book for 1998.
Editors Note Born in Poland in 1810, Chopin emigrated to Vienna at age eighteen?and then to Paris, where from 1831 to 1849 he would spend almost half of his brief and tumultuous life. In Paris his extraordinary powers would reach their height and he would shine among the immensely talented writers, painters, and musicians who were working there and defining their era. Chopin?s other acquaintances ranged from Rothschild to Marx?and it was here that he began his long and stormy relationship with the novelist George Sand. In Chopin in Paris?a New York Times Notable Book?Tad Szulc brings to life this complex, contradictory genius, and re-creates an unsurpassed epoch of European history, culture, and music.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0452
Publisher Da Capo Press

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