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By Frederick Niecks

Frederick Nieck’s magnificent biography of the well-known Polish composer Frédéric François Chopin.

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F. Dobrzynski grew to become united in a detailed friendship. a similar goals, an identical inventive tendency to hunt the UNKNOWN, characterized their efforts. They communicated to one another their principles and impressions, various routes to arrive on the related aim. This unison of kindred minds is so attractive that one can't yet want it to were a truth. nonetheless, i need to now not conceal the situation that neither Liszt nor Karasowski mentions Dobrzynski as one among Chopin's associates, and the much more major condition that he's simply pointed out two times and en passant in Chopin's letters. All this, despite the fact that, doesn't inevitably nullify the lexicographer's statements, and till contradictory facts is approaching we may perhaps carry quickly through so unique and ennobling a creed. the main intimate of Chopin's early acquaintances, certainly, of all his buddies - possibly the one ones that may be known as his bosom associates - have nonetheless to be named, Titus Woyciechowski and John Matuszynski. It was once to them that Chopin wrote his finest and self-revealing letters. we will meet them and listen to of them frequently during this narrative, for his or her friendship with the musician was once severed in basic terms via dying. it is going to hence suffice to assert right here that Titus Woyciechowski, who have been Chopin's school-fellow, lived, on the interval of the latter's lifestyles we have reached, on his kin estates, and that John Matuszynski was once then learning drugs in Warsaw. In his letter of December 27, 1828, Chopin makes a few allusions to the Warsaw theatres. The French corporation had performed Rataplan, and on the nationwide Theatre they'd played a comedy of Fredro's, Weber's Preciosa, and Auber's Macon. A musical occasion whichmust have Chopin even more than the performances of the 2 last-mentioned works happened within the first 1/2 the yr 1829 - particularly, Hummel's visual appeal in Warsaw. He and box have been, without doubt, these pianists who in the course of the sort of their compositions most affected Chopin. For Hummel's works Chopin had certainly a life-long admiration and love. it truly is accordingly to be regretted that he left in his letters no checklist of the influence which Hummel, one of many 4 such a lot amazing representatives of pianoforte-playing of that point, made upon him. it truly is infrequently essential to say that the opposite 3 representatives - of other generations and colleges enable it's understood - have been box, Kalkbrenner, and Moscheles. the single factor we know about this stopover at of Hummel's to Warsaw is that he and the younger Polish pianist made an exceptional impact upon one another. so far as the latter is worried this can be a mere surmise, or particularly an inference from oblique proofs, for, unusual to assert, even supposing Chopin mentions Hummel often in his letters, he doesn't write a syllable that provides a clue to his sentiments relating to him. The older grasp, nonetheless, indicates through his inquiries after his more youthful brother in artwork and the visits he can pay him that he had a true regard and affection for him. it's also to be regretted that Chopin says in his letters not anything of Paganini's visual appeal in Warsaw.

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