... And his time with Sand - even though their relationship lasted ten years, there were plenty of times when he was depressed and anxious so all that comes out in his music.
Monica, I see it this way: Konstancja Gładkowska was the crush of his life as she was so beautiful, and they were both young conservatory students; and Maria Wodzińska was the love of his life to whom he proposed, and later placed her letters in an envelope labeled "My Sorrows
" in Polish with respect to his deep loss...
I loved Amadeus and Immortal Beloved! That scene in IB when he's lying down and looking at the stars in the night sky and the 'you-know-what' music is playing just kills me.
Absolutely Monica! It's the best musical 'tiramisu' that I know of... I saw it on DVD, and liked it so much that I also bought it on Blu-ray. Now I am in the mood to watch it again, why don't you, Terez, and Chopininoff come on over next weekend, and we'll all watch it over wine and real tiramisu.
The only thing is you'll have to bring the tiramisu, because I don't know how to make it.
I'm still convinced that Chopin was in the closet (as was pretty much everyone those days, maybe George too). His letters to Tytus were steamy!
Terez, I am inclined to think that if Tytus was present in that salon in Paris, he would have pulled him aside and instilled some brotherly sense into Chopin about George Sand. He was vulnerable, lost, displaced, and somewhat insecure by the time he arrived in Paris. Poles lived in fear, even in Paris, as Russian spies were notorious for hunting down Polish nationals.
I don't agree that Chopin was gay - maybe in May, but not every day.
Hey, who knows, Mme Dudevent may have been a "Dude" after all?
But seriously, the fact that young Chopin lacked a big brother or fatherly figure in Paris may have made him indecisive in his selection of women. His TB didn't encourage much confidence either as he knew that his years would be numbered.
Most great composers/pianists are either
A. gay (Tchaikovsky, Richter, Horowitz, , Chopin(?) Pletnev,Liberace(...lol stupid of me to put his name)
B. Mad (Beethoven, Scriabin, Schumann )
C. Deaf (Beethoven, Richter (was losing his hearing)
D. Die at a young age (Chopin, Schubert, Scriabin)
E. Have some disease (Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin Prokofiev, (cerebral hemorrhage) Rimsky-Korsakov (angina) Ravel (aphasia)
Did I leave anything out?
Chopininoff, the list is long indeed. F. Blind (Grainger, Rubinstein, etc.); G. Handicap (Fleischer, etc.); etc... However, human civilization has struggled to see the similarities
among fellow beings, more than their differences
. Life is full of contrasts, as in a great painting, without which life would be monotonous, as on a blank canvas. There can be no light without darkness. Some are not intimidated by adversity in life, rather they are inspired to overcome it, whether it's dealing with a loss, illness, emotional, financial, or physical defect, etc. That's a tough sell in our superficial times, perhaps that's why most people are incapable to cope with the rigors of life, let alone rise above the level of mediocrity. The depth of our perception, understanding, and visualization is molded by the gamut our life's experiences. Only through suffering, exertion, and loss can there be a musical story worth telling to appreciate the elation of spirits during the happier times. As I look down your list, I can't help but to think that these musicians championed above any mortal illness to overcome their adversity in achieving the realm of immortal greatness. One remarkable legacy of greatness is its power to forgive or mask any personal defect in its presence.