Chopin's funeral, bisecting the 19th century, stands as a turning point. Both the life and music of this frail elegant man played out at the crossroads. His decline and death following a series of catastrophes, particularly the breach with his lover Georges Sand and the ebb of his creative energy on the brink of a new style, were both final ...
Chopin's funeral, bisecting the 19th century, stands as a turning point. Both the life and music of this frail elegant man played out at the crossroads. His decline and death following a series of catastrophes, particularly the breach with his lover Georges Sand and the ebb of his creative energy on the brink of a new style, were both final chapters in his often tragic life and reflected larger historical forces. CHOPIN'S FUNERAL is about a death foretold as the sum of other tragedies: the end of a world that fostered his particular genius; the wounds of exile and most fatally, the loss of love. An intimate close-up of the composer's last years, it is also the story of the artist as hero. At the close of his life, with no home or money, his physical powers failing, Chopin grappled with nothing less than a new musical form. CHOPIN'S FUNERAL is also the larger story of a great nineteenth-century city, Paris, in the grip of revolution.
New. 0375409459. FLAWLESS REVIEWS OF THIS TITLE: --Saturday Review: The tragic story of the 'second Mozart' makes a vivid and inspiring read, says Lucasta Miller Chopin's Funeral by Benita Eisler 240pp, Little, Brown, Lucasta Miller. The Guardian. Manchester (UK): Jun 21, 2003. p. 15--The melancholy musician; Chopin's Funeral, Benita Eisler, Alfred A. Knopf: 240 pp., $23; Ted Libbey. Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, Calif. : Jun 1, 2003. p. R.12--EXPLORING THE BOND BETWEEN CHOPIN, SAND; Richard Dyer, Globe Staff. Boston Globe. Boston, Mass. : May 6, 2003. p. D.6--Whatever George Sand wants...: A biography seeks to tell the real story of the bizarre relationship of Sand and Chopin; Angeline Goreau. New York Times Book Review. New York: Apr 20, 2003. p. 29--A sorrowful life redeemed by music; The affair between Frederic Chopin and George Sand was as tempestuous as any sonata; Susan Miron. Christian Science Monitor. Boston, Mass. : Mar 13, 2003. p. 17. -0375409459.
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