Chopin and Bohemia Author:J. Prochazka This engaging and informative book covers the few neglected chapters in the life of Fryderyk Chopin, the composer's visits to Bohemia in 1829-1830, and the circumstances of his two sojourns in the spa resorts of West Bohemia. These visits, heing connected with fatal vicissitudes afflicting Chopin's emotional life, influenced deeply his creative... more » work of these years. The documentary material concerning both Chopin's life-course and his creative work is in many respects really revealing.
The author throws an entirely new light upon the history of the Polish emigration after the Warsaw rebellion in 1830 and Chopin's personal participation in their movement. He also reveals to what a degree Chopin's political views had been distorted by censorship that changed the meaning of Chopin's words in the previous editions of his letters. The work is accompanied by documentary materials either entirely or almost unknown. Many of them appear here for the first time as a result of the author's twenty years' research work. Following the subject, the author visited a great number of places connected with Chopin- in Czechoslovakia, in Warsaw, in Vienna, in Paris and elsewhere.
The book will be of great interest not only to experts but also to many lovers of music, as it brings much information on the subject that had been so far unknown and gives a vivid account of the period.« less