Chopin: The Man and His Music

Chopin: The Man and His Music

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Chopin: The Man and His Music

Chopin: The Man and His Music

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GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, pessimist and master of cadenced lyric prose, urged young writers to lead ascetic lives that in their art they might be violent. Chopin's violence was psychic, a travailing and groaning of the spirit; the bright roughness of adventure was missing from his quotidian existence. The tragedy was within. One recalls Maurice Maeterlinck: "Whereas most of our life is passed far from blood, cries and swords, and the tears of men have become silent, invisible and almost spiritual." Chopin went from Poland to France -- from Warsaw to Paris -- where, finally, he was borne to his grave in Pére la Chaise. He lived, loved and died; and not for him were the perils, prizes and fascinations of a hero's career. He fought his battles within the walls of his soul -- we may note and enjoy them in his music. His outward state was not niggardly of incident . . .

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