Academic journal article Notes

Communications

Academic journal article Notes

Communications

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This column provides a forum for responses to the contents of this journal, and for information of interest to readers. The editor reserves the right to publish letters in excerpted form and to edit them for conciseness and clarity.

To the Editor,

I am writing with regard to Prof. Ewelina Boczkowska's review of Przedpiekle Slawy. Rzecz o Chopinie by Piotr Witt. Readers of Notes 68, no. 3 (March 2012) are fortunate that its editor has devoted space for an expansive review of this important work. Unfortunately, while the review is long and detailed, it does not fully indicate the unique historical value of this book.

I take exception with the reviewer statement that prior to the Austrian Embassy concert in the Hotel Monaco on 30 December 1832, Chopin was doing well in Paris: he was recognized as a musical genius and a highly desired piano teacher only after this performance, decidedly not after the concert in the Salle Pleyel at 25 or 26 February 1832 that gained Chopin little attention. Chopin himself recognized that the sudden shiftin circumstance, not a change in his music, brought him the success for which he had been waiting for months. …

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