Classical Music Talk

January 1, 2010

Chopin and Sand

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Chopin

Chopin

Chopin visits Paris and the France. In 1834, with Hiller, visit a music festival held in Aachen by Ferdinand Ries. Both Mendelssohn and Hiller meet him visiting the cities Düsseldorf, Koblenz and Cologne, enjoying everyone’s company and performing music together.

In 1835 Chopin arranged a meeting with his family in Karlsbad. This makes the acquaintance of Count Franz von Thun-Hohenstein, whose daughter was a student of Chopin in Paris. Count calls the composer and his family spends their stay at his family castle on the Elbe, the Decín. After that, Chopin and his parents drive back to Warsaw and will never see each other again. Returns to Paris route Dresden, he spends there several weeks, and then visits Leipzig, where he met Mendelssohn, Schumann and Clara Wieck. Has an asthma attack during the return trip so severe that some Polish newspapers announced he died. His piano music is becoming more known as ever.

In 1836 Chopin became engaged to a Polish aged seventeen, named Maria Wodzinska, whose mother insisted that the bride must be kept secret. Next year, the girl’s family breaks this relationship.

Chopin and Sand

In 1836, during a party held by Countess Marie d’Agoult, the mistress of his fellow composer Franz Liszt, Chopin meets Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin, Baroness Dudevant, and better known by her nickname, George Sand. She was a French Romantic writer, known for his numerous love affairs with Prosper Mérimée, Alfred de Musset (1833-1834), her secretary, Alexandre Manceau (1849-1865) and others.

Chopin originally not considered her attractive. “She has something that causes disgust to me”, he said to his family. On the other hand, in a letter to Count Wojciech Grzymala, a close friend, dated June 1837, Sand debated whether to intervene in the relationship between Chopin and his fiancée, Maria Wodzinska, to abandon her current relationship in order to start one with Chopin. The writer had strong feelings for Chopin.

A notable episode during their relationship is conducted during the turbulent and miserable winter spent in Mallorca (1838-1839), where the couple encounter problems of accommodation, came to be hosted in the end to the monastery of Valldemossa. Then, Chopin has problems with the reception of a Pleyel piano that had been sent. It comes late from Paris, but remains blocked in Spanish customs, which requires a high import tariff. Ultimately he had the piano for a period of almost three weeks; the rest of the time the great composer used a rumbling piano, borrowed to complete his Preludes (op. 28) to write piano music.

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