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The Life of Chopin (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 10. Januar 2010


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To a people, always prompt in its recognition of genius, and ready to sympathize in the joys and woes of a truly great artist, this work will be one of exceeding interest. It is a short, glowing, and generous sketch, from the hand of Franz Liszt, (who, considered in the double light of composer and performer, has no living equal,) of the original and romantic Chopin; the most ethereal, subtle, and delicate among our modern tone-poets. It is a rare thing for a great artist to write on art, to leave the passionate worlds of sounds or colors for the colder realm of words; rarer still for him to abdicate, even temporarily, his own throne, to stand patiently and hold aloft the blazing torch of his own genius, to illume the gloomy grave of another: yet this has Liszt done through love for Chopin. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist and teacher. He was also the father-in-law of Richard Wagner. In 1865 he became abbot in the Roman Catholic Church. Liszt became renowned throughout Europe during the 19th century for his great skill as a performer. He was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age and perhaps the greatest pianist of all time. He was also an important and influential composer, a notable piano teacher, a conductor who contributed significantly to the modern development of the art, and a benefactor to other composers and performers, notably Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, Camille Saint-Saëns, Edvard Grieg and Alexander Borodin. As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the "Neudeutsche Schule" ("New German School"). He left behind a huge and diverse body of work, in which he influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated some 20th-century ideas and trends. Some of his most notable contributions were the invention of the symphonic poem, developing the concept of thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form and making radical departures in harmony.

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Meet Franz Liszt! 20. Mai 2009
Von Erick - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
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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Not about Chopin, and not by Liszt 30. März 2010
Von Ms. N - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I love Chopin, and can easily get drawn into any book about his life. I tried reading this and couldn't get through it. Pages and pages of long, drawn-out descriptions of . . . what? I couldn't even follow it. I kept waiting for it to get to Chopin's life but it never seemed to. Also, Liszt's name is on it, but I don't know that he wrote much, if any, of it - it was largely written by his mistress, Princess von Sayn-Wittgenstein. If you'd like to know more about Chopin, I would recommend almost any other book. Some suggestions: Chopin in Paris by Tad Sculz, The Life and Death of Chopin by Casimir Wierzynski, Chopin by Adam Zamoyski or even the children's book Chopin by Antoni Gronowicz.
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Four stars as a glimpse of Romantic excess -- but it is NOT a bio of Chopin. 6. Juni 2013
Von Trobador - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
One gets the drift rather quickly on dipping into this book (I read the French version, available for free on Kindle): Most of it is not about Chopin at all, and it was apparently written in the main by someone other than Liszt (his mistress, who does tend to go on and on and on).

Still, Liszt allowed it to appear under his own name, perhaps opportunistically. It is a valuable text for gaining insight into the soul of Romanticism and its slavish excesses. And, as a kind of bonus, there actually are a few passages here and there about Chopin's music: these are in fact quite insightful and do come perhaps from Franz L.

Get it with open eyes, and have fun with the purple prose. You will learn something about the 19th century and its obsessions. For a book about Chopin, look elsewhere....
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What a letdown 25. Januar 2012
Von A. Simon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I practically salivated at learning that Liszt had written a biography of his colleague, Chopin. Upon reading it, I was thoroughly disappointed and stopped halfway through. Essentially, the problem stems from the fact that the narrative is full of verbiage that gives almost no facts about Chopin, but engages in endless verbal diarrhea; it seems that Liszt did not actually write the bulk of the book, but some bimbo who had the reputation of loving to talk at length without actually saying anything.

Next time I will buy a real biography of Chopin.
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A penetrating view of Chopin's life and personality 22. Juni 2014
Von James Ole - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
This biography was written by a friend, admirer, and fellow artist - Franz Liszt. he writes so well that you feel like you have known Chopin. Liszt doesn't spare the analysis, even the flaws or weaknesses, but places them in perspective of Chopin's life. It held my attention and I was unable to stop reading for any length of time. It is far superior to the other biographies or portrayals of Chopin's life,
rather a sad one despite his brilliance.
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