Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Greatness of Chopin

What was the secret of Chopin's success? (via LRC)
Chopin came to adulthood just when being on the margins of Europe was becoming an advantage. Enlightenment rationality had given way to a fascination with the "spirit of place" and the authentic voice of the "folk". So coming from Spain or Bohemia or Poland made you automatically interesting. Also, Poland had a special claim at attention: its beleagurement to hostile powers meant that it could be treated in art like the tragic, abused heroine of a romantic opera.


The Dutchess said...

So happy to have found your blog...i go crazy for Chopin,cry when i listen to puccini,and i love your blog!!!

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, your blog is charming, too!