Born in Poland in 1810, Chopin emigrated to Vienna at age eighteen—and then to Paris, where from 1831 to 1849 he would spend almost half of his brief and tumultuous life. In Paris his extraordinary powers would reach their height and he would shine among the immensely talented writers, painters, and musicians who were working there and defining their era. Chopin’s other acquaintances ranged from Rothschild to Marx—and it was here that he began his long and stormy relationship with the novelist George Sand. In Chopin in Paris—a New York Times Notable Book—Tad Szulc brings to life this complex, contradictory genius, and re-creates an unsurpassed epoch of European history, culture, and music.
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I knew nothing about Chopin before this book...I knew nothing of his music... I can not say that anymore...what an excellent book for all to read....reads like a fast pace novel...Tad Szulc knits Chopin's life together by using letters written by the composer,friends,family, and lovers...reading these accounts you have the sense that you are actually there as the events unfold...brilliant! Szulc skillfully eliminates several myths and exposes many blunt facts. He uses his investigative journalist background to tell the story but uses the sensitivity of a Romance Novelist. To enhance the enjoyment...I suggest purchasing a couple of CDs of Chopin's music...try to match up a few of his works to the periods chronicled in the book (there are stories behind most of his works)....or at least play samples of the music styles...Mazurka's,Etudes, Waltz's..etc.. Immerse yourself in Chopin's genius, commiserate in his sadness...it will be well worth the price! Enjoy!!