The Life Of Chopin Combines Artistry, Genius And Tragedy

June 2, 2017 — He was unquestionably one of the greatest composers who ever lived.

Frédéric Chopin, the brilliant Polish composer and pianist, was the epitome of the romantic artist. He is recognized as one of the most important composers of all time for the influence that his works have had on music, yet he never wrote a symphony and rarely wrote music that was not for a solo piano. 

He left his Polish homeland as a young man in order to establish himself; while he was out of Poland, the political situation deteriorated and he would never return. He would move to and live in France for virtually the rest of his life. However, he remained Polish at heart and would never feel completely at home again.

He was considered one of the greatest pianists of his time (probably of all time) but he hated giving concerts — he would give fewer than 30 in the course of his lifetime. The most famous romantic relationship of his life was with the author George Sand (born Aurore Dupin), whom at first he violently disliked. He reportedly said of her, “What an unattractive person la Sand is. Is she really a woman?” He was a nationalist who would never return to his homeland. He was reclusive, but made money through public performances. He was a mass of contradictions.

His life, loves, artistic nature and death have served as fodder for many biographies; combined, they create an image of the perfect romantic artist, tortured, exhilaratingly creative, doomed.

What is certain is that his music continues to enthrall. Marcel Proust, André Gide and Boris Pasternak (among many others) have written about him. Robert Schumann named a piece after him; Claude Debussy dedicated a collection of Études to him. His influence on music in general is huge; on piano music it is unparalleled.

Chopin: Desire for Love is an award-winning dramatic biography of the great composer, which focuses primarily on his romance with the author George Sand.

Chopin’s health was always bad and his life was short — just 39 years. But he left an enormous legacy of timeless music.

The use of music in the film is extensive. Chopin’s playing is by Polish virtuoso Janusz Olejniczak; other musicians include Emanuel Ax and Yukio Yokoyama on piano, Yo Yo Ma on cello and Vadim Brodsky and Pamela Frank on violin.

Chopin: Desire for Love is available on Blu-ray or you can stream it instantly on Amazon Video.

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