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Life of Chopin by Franz Liszt (2007-12-05)

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  • By Hannah Hoyt on January 11, 2018

    Liszt, in his own melodramatic, extra way, recounts the music and life of Chopin in a rare, eyewitness biography.Valuable as a biography written by an actual friend of Chopin, who can accurately describe his personality, appearance, and conversations.So what if he shamelessly quotes “Lucrezia Floriani” descriptions of Prince Karol and pretends they are describing Chopin, or spends half the book explaining how attractive Polish women are? As a historical study this book shows much of Liszt as well: apparently he was convinced the Floriani portrayal was Chopin, and he was very much in love with his Polish girlfriend Princess Carolyne. Carolyne is assumed to have ghostwritten this book, but I can’t imagine her going on about the caresses of Polish women. I credit Liszt with writing this book, otherwise half of it wouldn’t be about hot women.This book also analyzes several Chopin pieces and describes the polonaise and mazurka dances to give excellent background information on the music.

  • By Liliana on February 19, 2015

    I have to thank Liszt for this book, lovely as-if Chopin was speaking through him.I really love this book, if you're in love with "Shakespeare" and centenary scriptures, you will find this book very pleasing. This is not a biography of Chopin. Rather, this is more of a description of the ambiance during his existence, and of course it speaks on how he dealt with it, in the point of view of a pianist/musician. You can tell Liszt really appreciated Chopin and felt his death was a great loss of talent and imagination (all in one person alone). Chopin was merely a few months older than Liszt and was gone before he was able to accomplish everything he would've wanted (this book is more than proof of that). Liszt died of old age at a time most life expectancy ranged from 35 to 55, unless you caught smallpox or measles which would often ravage the life off infants and children. Liszt knew that there was no way he'd die before telling the world about his beloved fallen friend. Still not knowing when he himself would join the Heavens, he wrote all that reminded him of Chopin. He adorned the book with amazing stories about things he's share with Chopin, in life. If you've read the book "Chopin's Letters" you will be convinced that this book is all about how Chopin saw the world with his own eyes. Chopin, with his blunt and yet dreamy approach will captivate anyone, and you'll be convinced that he was one of the best sages. To me the best Pianist that ever lived.

  • By Monte60 on May 21, 2015

    Very interesting book but not exactly "light" reading. Franz Liszt is a very eloquent writer and continues on quite a bit. Not exactly concise, beautiful 19th century writing if you're familiar with that style.

  • By Jocelyn and Nick Clarke on July 4, 2015

    Dense. Very interesting but not compelling enough to complete it. Other reviewers take many other aspects of this to be a problem, but mine was just the density of the prose vs. the value of the content and meaning. It certainly gave interesting depictions of the royalty and elite of Poland and how their culture of throwing dance parties was the inspiration for some of the various forms Chopin wrote, however to plod through to get only that, and certainly nothing really compelling or biographical of the "Life" of Chopin; more of an opinion of the times surrounding him, with mentions of Chopin and his piano pieces.

  • By love my horse on January 10, 2017

    My mother read this....she liked it but then we are of Polish Heritage so there you go.

  • By Hector on August 9, 2017

    Superb account of Chopin's inner motivations and psycological context of his artistry. Rendered by a contemporary top piano artist, player and composer, admirer and friend.

  • By Erick on May 19, 2009

    This book is really not about Chopin. Liszt's writing is exagerated and more often than not, looses focus on the point he was trying to make, that is, writing about Chopin's life. There are very few significant things about Chopin here, but there is a lot to be found if the book is read from another point of view. If read as a biography it is, indeed, disapointing, but if you see it as a way of getting closer to the personality of Liszt and the circumstances of his time, it's pretty illustrating. In a way, this book shows what Romanticism is all about. So, don't expect a great biography, it's more of a private-joke for romantics, but a very interesting one.I would recommend it only if you keep in mind that this book will tell you a lot about Franz Liszt, the educated barbarian, but very little about Chopin --or about music for that matter--.

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