The Parisian Worlds of Frederic Chopin by Dr. William G. Atwood

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In 1831, Chopin stopped in Paris on his way to London, fleeing his native Warsaw after Russia's brutal repression of an insurrection there. Entranced by the lively social and artistic scene in the city, the musician remained there until his death in 1849. In this engaging book, William Atwood recreates the Paris that Chopin knew, providing vivid details about its places, people, and politics, and showing how these affected the sensitive musician during an enormously fruitful period in his career.Drawing on many contemporary sources, Atwood brings to life the musicians, writers, artists, courtesans, salon hostesses, politicians, doctors, businessmen, and messianic Polish emigres who lived in Paris. He describes the theaters, music halls, and salons of Paris as well as its less glamorous worlds filled with the political conflicts and economic fluctuations of the July Monarchy. He tells about the city's newly awakened social consciousness and the philosophers and writers (including George Sand) who fostered it. The book sheds brilliant new light on both Paris and Chopin and will be delightful reading for lovers of the city or the musician.
 

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Published November 10, 1999 by Yale University Press. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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"An artist, a man has no home in Europe save in Paris": Nietzsche's maxim could well serve as the epigraph to this scintillating biography of Chopin and his life in the French capital, in which Atwood depicts the joys of the city in as roseate a light as his hero's talents.

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Atwood's third book on Chopin (Fryderyk Chopin: Pianist from Warsaw) views the composer's life against the backdrop of Paris, from Chopin's arrival in 1831 until his death in 1849. Atwood captures his

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