Classical Music Talk

January 1, 2010

Chopin in Spain

Filed under: Uncategorized — classicalconnect @ 2:46 pm


Chopin spent a few years in Spain from 1838 to 1839. The unfavorable weather has a serious impact on health and the composer’s chronic lung disease. So seriously that – to save his life – returns with George Sand and her two children to the beach in Barcelona and then to Marseilles, where he spent several months for recovery. Although his health condition improves, recovery is never complete. In his characteristic style, he complains about the incompetence of the doctors in Mallorca: “The first told me that I have to die. The second told me that I had last breath, and the third told me that I was already dead.

Chopin spent summers in the period 1839 – 1843 at the property of the writer of Nohant. This is a quiet and productive period for the composer. This consists in a Polish in E flat major, Op. 53 “Eroica”, one of his masterpieces. On returning to Paris (1839), he met pianist and composer Ignaz Moscheles.

In 1845 a serious problem arises in the relationship between Chopin and Sand, with further deterioration of his health. Things get worse in 1846 because of family problems; this is the year when Sand published Lucrezia Floriana, considered a bad work by Chopin. The story deals with the relationship between a rich actress and a prince with a weakened health. The story was interpreted inspired from the two characters. Family problems finally bring an end to the relationship, which lasted for ten years (1837-1847).

When he appeared for the first time in his life George Sand, Chopin, composer and pianist, was the favorite of Parisian salons, he was the hottest artist. At the time he was 27 years old and his success is due primarily to his merits as pianist and composer. The artist lives in Paris the city that fully appreciates his piano music. The delicate style displayed by Chopin was what the atmosphere of that time asked for.

Before World War II was erected a statue dedicated to Chopin in Warsaw Lazienki Park. At its base are organized recitals of Chopin’s piano music every Sunday in summer. Stylized tree above the composer are pianist hands and fingers. In memory of Frédéric Chopin’s genius, the capital Warsaw hosts every five years Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition. The title Grand “Prix du disque” de F. Chopin is awarded periodically for outstanding interpretations of Chopin’s work.


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