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Fryderyk Chopin

A Life and Times
Narrated by: Corrie James
Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
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A landmark biography of the Polish composer by a leading authority on Chopin and his time.

Based on 10 years of research and a vast cache of primary sources located in archives in Warsaw, Paris, London, New York, and Washington, D.C., Alan Walker's monumental Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times is the most comprehensive biography of the great Polish composer to appear in English in more than a century. Walker's work is a corrective biography, intended to dispel the many myths and legends that continue to surround Chopin. 

Fryderyk Chopin is an intimate look into a dramatic life; of particular focus are Chopin's childhood and youth in Poland, which are brought into line with the latest scholarly findings, and Chopin's romantic life with George Sand, with whom he lived for nine years. Comprehensive and engaging, the biography wears its scholarship lightly: This is a book suited as much for the professional pianist as it is for the casual music lover. Just as he did in his definitive biography of Liszt, Walker illuminates Chopin and his music with unprecedented clarity in this magisterial biography, bringing to life one of the 19th century's most confounding, beloved, and legendary artists.

©2018 Alan Walker (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Packed with information and insightful analyses of Chopin's major works that will interest professional musicians, and even nonspecialists will be entranced by Walker's piquant storytelling and graceful prose." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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This book is a masterpiece

This book is a masterpiece that I could not put down. Scholarly yet entertaining, detailed yet not excessively so, read beautifully with perfect pronunciation. His early life, the love of his father and family, details of his training with Józef Elsner were particularly interesting. I learned for the first time Chopin had a delightful sense of humor. His long affair with Sands was nuanced and detailed and the platonic devotion of Jane Sterling also detailed. Discussions of the music and how to perform it were the most meaningful to this musician. Long lived hoaxes are analyzed and put to rest. Thank you to Alan Walker who created this masterpiece for his depth of insight, even handed approach, and pure enjoyment to discover more about this compassionate, authentic, courtly well mannered, thoughtful, kind and ground breaking composer. Buy this enjoyable and insightful biography without a second thought.

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