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Chopin, prince of romantics by Adam Zamoyski
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Chopin, prince of romantics (2010)

by Adam Zamoyski

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An enjoyable, well-researched, restrained biography, with a particular focus on day-to-day life, friendships, relationships and the business of being a 19th century celebrity. Zamoyski takes care not to stray beyond what he has hard evidence for, occasionally taking aim at other biographers with no such compunctions. He would make a good Wikipedia editor.

The biggest disappointment in the book for me was his apparent lack of interest in music. He never delves deeper into Chopin's music than casual references to what was being composed at a certain period. Three mazurkas, two waltzes and a ballad - that's apparently all we want to know about what Chopin was doing musically over a summer. Perhaps this is understandable because his musical output is well discussed elsewhere. Still, it felt like something was missing. ( )
  stevage | Mar 18, 2011 |
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In this biography, Zamoyski links Chopin with Bach and Mozart rather than his contemporary Romantics. Zamoyski sees Chopin as an insecure 18th century man lost in the Romantic Age.

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