The Skeins of Legends Around Chopin.


Editorial: William Maclellan, Glasgow, 1967
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: CHARLES BOSSOM (Ely, CAMBS, Reino Unido)

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Dust jacket complete except price clipped. Rust coloured cloth with bright gilt titling on spine. No ownership marks. Frontis portrait plate. 128 plates. 383pp. clean and tight. THIS cannot be regarded as just another biography of Chopin. It is rather a critical review of all the important " Lives of Chopin " in. many languages - English, French, German, Italian and Polish - written in the past. "The standing of Chopin as a man and artist ocan only -benefit from the rooting up of old established legends and trivial ' romantic ' distortions of historical fact " says the distinguished Chopin scholar Arthur Hedley in his foreword. The author set himself the task of reviewing critically the main biographies of Chopin, especially the early ones, with the ultimate view of differentiating ibetween the truths and falsities, as recorded by successive biographers. The result is a collection of studies on all the " legend weaving " biographies as well as the " antidotes,"-the fearless demolishers of legends. Collected thus in one volume, this is an essential and useful reference book for all students of music and lovers of Chopin. Incredible as it may sound, there were no less than, 10,000 books on Chopin (written in many languages) listed in a 1952 catalogue; each year brings scores of new titles and the total number is still growing rapidly. These books include straight or novelised biographies of Chopin, studies and essays on his music and his correspondence, collections of contemporary documents etc. Perhaps the most fascinating part of the book is the " Appendix," where the controversial subject of the alleged ChopinDelfina Potocka letters is reviewed. The author discusses in great detail and with as much objectivity as he can muster, all the arguments for and against the authenticity of the texts, first published in the Polish press in 1945/6 by the late Paulina Czernicka. IIis reasoning is based only on the existing material, such as was published in the Polish press and elsewhere as the originals of the letters seem to lie irretrievably lost. In contrast to both Arthur Hedley, who believes passionately that all the texts produced by Paulina Czernicka were forged by her, and to Professor Mateusz Glinski, who equally passionately believes that all her texts were genuine, the author has an intuitive belief that some of these letters may have been genuine, although it is almost certain that l'aulina Czernicka, encouraged by the initial enthusiastic reception of her early texts by the musical world, later regrettably fabricated a part of them for motives which are not entirely clear to-day. The author's belief in the authenticity of at least, part of the letters is based on the correspondence concerni rig these letters, between Ferdynand Hocsick, Albert Trobin and Alexandrine Tyszkiewicz (Delfina's niece), quoted in the book and dating back to 1907, long before Paulina Czernicka was old enough to commit any forgery. The matter is " still open, not indeed to ill informed and hasty judgement, but to careful research and the scrupulous weighing of evidence," to quote again from Arthur Hedley's foreword. The book is profusely illustrated with 128 art plates reproducing material from some of the five hundred books on Chopin which the author read during his research. Size: 8vo. N° de ref. de la librería 137687

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Título: The Skeins of Legends Around Chopin.

Editorial: William Maclellan, Glasgow

Año de publicación: 1967

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

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Charles Bossom, The Book House, 34 Cambridge Road, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4HL. Charles Bossom has worked in the Book Trade since 1963, commencing at WH Smith Oxford and retiring in 1999 as Regional Manager Central England. The Charles Bossom bookselling business was started in early 2000. hhtp://

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