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Chopin and His World$
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Jonathan D. Bellman and Halina Goldberg

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691177755

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691177755.001.0001

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Chopin and the Consequences of Exile

Chopin and the Consequences of Exile

(p.315) Afterword Chopin and the Consequences of Exile
Chopin and His World

Leon Botstein

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how Chopin was seen both as an exile who was quite at home in Paris as well as the authentic voice of a nation. Since Chopin was cut off from his homeland, he supplanted the “tangible” with a wary construct, an aesthetic invention in music that in implicit and explicit ways offered an account of the character, sensibilities, and aspirations of Polishness, which then took hold inside and outside his native Poland. Chopin's capacity to express solitude and loneliness, and to exemplify the Romantic notion of the subjective in art, deepened because of the personal toll exile exacted from him. Chopin, despite his extensive socializing in Paris and his legendary charm and wit, believed himself destined to live and die alone.

Keywords:   Fryderyk Chopin, exile, Paris, Poland, Polishness, solitude, Romantic notion

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