Chopin Quotepage

chopin-society.jpegBy Chopin:

Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.

I really don’t know whether any place contains more pianists than Paris, or whether you can find more asses and virtuosos anywhere.

All the same it is being said everywhere that I played too softly, or rather, too delicately for people used to the piano-pounding of the artists here.

…I haven’t heard anything so great for a long time; Beethoven snaps his fingers at the whole world.. – (Upon hearing a Beethoven Trio)

…the Official Bulletin declared that the Poles should be as proud of me as the Germans are of Mozart; obvious nonsense.

But why should one be ashamed of writing badly in spite of knowing better – it’s results that shows errors.

Here you doubtless observe my tendency to do wrong against my will. As something has involuntarily crept into my head through my eyes, I love to indulge it, even though it may be all wrong. – (About his Op. 11 Piano Concerto)

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frederic_chopin_red.jpgAbout Chopin:

Incomparable genius whom the heavens envied the EarthEugene Delacroix (French Romantic painter, 1798-1863)

Chopin was the greatest artistic shock which I experienced. My adoration for him continued to grow, and still does so, and I regard Chopin to be the most magnificent phenomenon not only in the history of Polish poetry but in global art as a whole.Julian Tuwim (Polish poet, 1894 – 1953)

Where [John] Field smiles, Chopin makes a grinning grimace; where Field sighs, Chopin groans; where Field shrugs his shoulders, Chopin arches his back like a cat, where Field puts some seasoning into the food, Chopin empties a handful of cayenne pepper… In short, if one holds Field’s charming romances before a distorting, concave mirror, so that every delicate impression becomes a coarse one, one gets Chopin’s work. We implore Mr Chopin to return to nature.Ludwig Rellstab (in Iris, A weekly periodical for ’sophisticated readers,’ Berlin August 2nd 1833).

Gustave Flaubert, pessimist and master of cadenced lyric prose, urged young writers to lead ascetic lives that in their art they might be violent. Chopin’s violence was psychic, a travailing and groaning of the spirit; the bright roughness of adventure was missing from his quotidian existence. The tragedy was within.James Huneker (1860-1921)

Deeply regretted as he may be by the whole body of artists, lamented by all who have ever known him, we must still be permitted to doubt if the time has even yet arrived in which he, whose loss is so peculiarly deplored by ourselves, can be appreciated in accordance with his just value, or occupy thathigh rank which in all probability will be assigned him in the future.Franz Liszt

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With thanks to the University of Michigan School of Music Chopin Project.