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Nocturne A Life Of Chopin Ruth Jordan
HB medium Size 1978 first Edition 286 pages Great overall condition, cover rubbed, slightly marked, bumped shelf wear secondhand book - pre-loved
Includes highly comprehensive highly informative insightful biographical narrative account although Chopin is one of the most written-about composers who ever lived, this new biography, the first detailed study in English for nearly forty years, shows that his life has still some significant intriguing surprises to offer. The traditional image of the 'ethereal sylph of the piano' is dispelled by use of many of the letters Chopin is believed to have written to Countess Delphina Potocka which are plain and earthy in their sexual explicitness. His much romanticised engagement to the 16 year old Marie Wodzinska was occasioned, the author contends more by a desire to settle down than by any great feeling and his hurt was mainly due to her aristocratic family's refusal to consider him as a son-in-law....

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