This introductory chapter discusses how Fryderyk Chopin stands like the protagonist of his own opera, an exiled Polish patriot whose tragic personal life is seen against the turbulent historical events of his time, while (paradoxically) his career continued to flourish in the warm glow of the July Monarchy, fading with the onset of the 1848 revolutions. Yet, as his gaze remained turned to the country of his childhood and the loved ones who stayed behind, many of his pieces spoke for and of Poland. The chapter cites Jankiel's “Concert of Concerts” as a way of introducting Chopin, being one of the most famous passages in Polish literature that describes a vision of Poland's history as expressed through music.
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