Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician, vol 1

Frederick Niecks
Frederic Chopin as a Man and
Musician, vol 1

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Title: Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician, Volume 1
Author: Frederick Niecks
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Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician, Volume 1 (of 2)
Frederick Niecks
Third Edition (1902)



While the novelist has absolute freedom to follow his artistic instinct
and intelligence, the biographer is fettered by the subject-matter with
which he proposes to deal. The former may hopefully pursue an ideal,
the latter must rest satisfied with a compromise between the desirable
and the necessary. No doubt, it is possible to thoroughly digest all the
requisite material, and then present it in a perfect, beautiful form. But
this can only be done at a terrible loss, at a sacrifice of truth and
trustworthiness. My guiding principle has been to place before the
reader the facts collected by me as well as the conclusions at which I
arrived. This will enable him to see the subject in all its bearings, with
all its pros and cons, and to draw his own conclusions, should mine not
obtain his approval. Unless an author proceeds in this way, the reader
never knows how far he may trust him, how far the evidence justifies
his judgment. For-- not to speak of cheats and fools--the best informed
are apt to make assertions unsupported or insufficiently supported by
facts, and the wisest cannot help seeing things through the coloured
spectacles of their individuality. The foregoing remarks are intended to
explain my method, not to excuse carelessness of literary workmanship.
Whatever the defects of the present volumes may be--and, no doubt,
they are both great and many--I have laboured to the full extent of my
humble abilities to group and present my material perspicuously, and to
avoid diffuseness and rhapsody, those besetting sins of writers on
The first work of some length having Chopin for its subject was Liszt's
"Frederic Chopin," which, after appearing in 1851 in the Paris journal
"La France musicale," came out in book-form, still in French, in 1852
(Leipzig: Breitkopf and Hartel.--Translated into English by M. W.
Cook, and published by William Reeves, London, 1877). George Sand
describes it as "un peu exuberant de style, mais rempli de bonnes
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