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Manuscript in Dreams - Study of Chopin

Narrated by: Maria Isabel Pita
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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This critically acclaimed imaginary autobiography of Frédéric Chopin was given a privileged place in the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw on his Bicentennial, "Since it's written by him," wrote the museum's director to the author.    

A work of lovely lyrical and musical accents written in Chopin's voice, Manuscript in Dreams brings to light the most meaningful moments and aspects of the composer’s life and work. Juana Rosa Pita threads together “manuscripts that appeared from dream to dream…” and the result is an ensemble of intimate pieces subtly combined in an engaging kaleidoscope of letters, narratives and poems.      

A diversity of characters - George Sand, Clara Schumann, Heine, Hallé, Delacroix - parade through this audiobook and contribute to their remarkable immediacy, while poems offer a precise emotional counterpoint. A heartfelt homage to an unrivaled composer.  

©1993, 2009, 2010 Juana Rosal Pita (P)2018 Maria Isabel Pita

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So worth the listening to!

If you are a fan of Chopin's music, you will truly enjoy listening to this. Here you get to feel as though Chopin is speaking to you about his life as a musician/composer and man, along with those he considered his friends as they account his letters and poems. Worth the listening too.

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Splendid work to be heard and savored

This book is not only for Chopin's fans but also for all lovers of good music and the lives of great composers.
It is a walk through the life of Chopin in which we are guided by the composer himself and his friends
The writer, Ms Juanana Rosa Pita gives us this tour not by the usual way of relationship between writer and creation but through a new way of creating and presenting her work.
The narration, made by her daughter Ms Maria Isabel Pita, is accurate and pleasant to hear. English is not my mother tongue but even so, I had no problem understanding the narration. Only in a few situations of lack of vocabulary on my part, they were resolved quickly.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about Chopin's life as well as being amazed at the author's creation.

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Beautifully Written and Performed

I was made aware of this work, via a friend of mine. She thought it might be a good fit given my interest in music and creating. I wasn't sure what to expect. But I was very glad I gave it try.

In this manuscript, Ms. Pita presents the experiences, passions and life of Chopin. She does this, not by studying 3rd party literature or biographies. Rather she uses her passion for Chopin, and collects her feelings and intuitions, and weaves a beautiful story performed oftentimes in poetic verse. It's really quite compelling and unique in method and presentation.

I would recommend this work in general. But particularly for those who would like some insights into what drove Chopin, delivered in a rather unique way.

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Sublime

Well narrated, this audiobook immerses you into the dream world of Chopin and his closest contemporaries. You feel as if Chopin himself is speaking to you in poetry and narrative, a revelation and a delight to all of us lovers of the great romantic composer’s music.

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Deep stuff!

A true fan of Chopin or a true musician will fully appreciate this. I enjoyed it!

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