Chopin: Prince of the Romantics

Chopin: Prince of the Romantics

by Adam Zamoyski




Few composers elicit such strong emotions as Chopin. Few have been more revered and cherished. And few have had so much sentimental nonsense written about them.

Adam Zamoyski's compelling biography cuts through the mass of anecdote and myth that has sprung up around the composer's life in search of the real Chopin. He has scoured the archives of Warsaw, Krakow, Paris and London in his quest for the truth, basing his account exclusively on primary sources and contemporary accounts from the likes of Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Victor Hugo and George Sand.

The result is a biography of authority, perception and wit, illuminating the true passions, suffering and ultimate tragedy of the life of this compelling and elusive figure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007341856
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2011
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Preface xi

1 A Prodigy Restrained 1

2 School Days 17

3 Musical Genius 28

4 Adolescent Passions 43

5 Vienna 62

6 Romantic Paris 79

7 Pianist à la Mode 96

8 Second Love 112

9 Art and Politics 130

10 Love Above All 153

11 Conjugal Life 177

12 The Church of Chopin 200

13 The End of the Affair 219

14 An Ugly Fracas 244

15 London and Scotland 261

16 The Jealousy of Heaven 283

Appendix A List of Chopin's Works 298

Appendix B The Case of the 'Chopin-Potocka Letters' 303

Notes 310

Sources 338

Index 349

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