Polonaise: The Life of Chopin

Polonaise: The Life of Chopin

Polonaise: The Life of Chopin

Polonaise: The Life of Chopin

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"AN angel, beautiful as a tall, sad woman . . ."

This portrait of Chopin, penned by a hand he loved, should stand as the frontispiece of this study. Naïve painters in the Middle Ages -- who also came to pray for pardon -- hung their expiatory offerings in the shadows of the cathedrals. This once caressing woman's hand, now stilled, surely yielded, while writing these words, to the inner necessity of knowing absolution. She added: "There was never anything more pure and at the same time more exalted than his thoughts . . ."

And perhaps with faint trembling: ". . . but this man understood only that which was inherent within himself. One would have needed a microscope to peer into his soul, where so little light of the living ever penetrated."

A microscope has never helped to reveal a . . .

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