By Frederick Niecks
Frederick Nieck’s fabulous biography of the recognized Polish composer Frédéric François Chopin.
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In a letter written on August 19, 1824, he supplies his good friend and school-fellow William Kolberg, a few account of his doings there - of his strolls and runs within the backyard, his walks and drives to the wooded area, and specially of his horsemanship. He tells his expensive Willie that he manages to maintain his seat, yet wouldn't prefer to be requested how. certainly, he confesses that, his equestrian accomplishments volume to not more than to letting the pony move slowly the place it lists, and sitting on it, like a monkey, with worry. If he had now not but met with an twist of fate, it was once as the horse had to this point now not felt any inclination to throw him off. In reference to his drives - in britzka and in trainer - he doesn't disregard to say that he's continuously honoured with a back-seat. nonetheless, existence at Szafarnia was once no longer unmixed happiness, even if our hero bore the ills with admirable stoicism: - quite often [he writes] the flies sit down on my renowned nostril - this, even if, is of no final result, it's the behavior of those little animals. The mosquitoes chew me - this too, in spite of the fact that, is of no final result, for they do not chew me within the nostril. The reader sees from this specimen of epistolary writing that Frederick continues to be a boy, and if I had given the letter in extenso, the boyishness might were much more obvious, within the free and careless variety in addition to within the frolicsome topic. His letters to his humans at domestic took in this celebration the shape of a manuscript newspaper, known as, in imitation of the "Kuryer Warszawski" ("Warsaw Courier"), "Kuryer Szafarski" ("Szafarnia Courier"), which the editor, in imitation of the then acquiring press law, didn't ship off till it were obvious and authorized of through the censor, leave out Dziewanowska. one of many numbers of the paper includes between different information the file of a musical collecting of "some folks and demi-persons" at which, on July 15, 1824, Mr. Pichon (anagram of Chopin) performed a Concerto of Kalkbrenner's and a bit tune, the latter being bought via the younger viewers with extra applause than the previous. anecdotes that relate to this remain at Szafarnia extra exemplify what has already been acknowledged of Frederick's love of enjoyable and mischief. Having on one in every of his visits to the village of Oberow met a few Jews who had come to shop for grain, he invited them to his room, and there entertained them with song, taking part in to them "Majufes. " [FOOTNOTE: Karasowski describes "Majufes" as one of those Jewish marriage ceremony march. Ph. Lobenstein says that it potential "the appealing, the unique one. " With this note opened a Hebrew track which dates from the time of the sojourn of the Jews in Spain, and which the orthodox Polish Jews sing on Saturdays after dinner, and whose often-heard melody the Poles imitate as a parody of Jewish making a song. ] His site visitors have been extremely joyful - they started to dance, informed him that he performed like a born Jew, and recommended him to come back to the following Jewish marriage ceremony and play to them there. the opposite anecdote will be a really grotesque tale have been it no longer for the redeeming end.