F. Chopin. par F. Liszt. Franz Liszt.
F. Chopin. par F. Liszt.
F. Chopin. par F. Liszt.
F. Chopin. par F. Liszt.
First Edition, Liszt on Chopin

F. Chopin. par F. Liszt.

Paris: M. Escudier, Éditeur, Rue Richelieu, 1852. First edition. In later half cloth binding, with publisher’s printed wrappers bound into. The panels are covered with marbled paper. With gilt title on spine. Marbled edges. (4), (1)–206, (2) p. Cover slightly rubbed, with a white stain on the rear panel. Moderate stains on the original wrappers. Small damage to the title page. Collection stamp of the Baworowscy Library on the verso of the title page and on page 25. Light foxing throughout. Occasional marks in pencil. Small tear to page 15 with no effect on print area. Overall in fine condition.

Scarce first edition of Liszt’s biography on Chopin, “the best-know and least read volumes in all musical literature.” (Waters, 1961)

Franz Liszt authored the first monograph on the Polish pianist and composer. He dedicated two chapters to Chopin's Polonaise and Mazurka compositions, with broad descriptions of Polish dances and customs. Besides discussing different subjects, such as the role of the artist and art in society, in the remaining chapters, Liszt describes Chopin as a pianist and introduces his circle of friends, recounts the affair between Chopin and the French novelist, George Sand (1804–1876), and reports on his personal meetings with Chopin. However these later personal elements were criticised by Chopin's family and later biographers, today they are considered as among the most valuable elements of Liszt’s monograph. Although it is widely presumed that the final version of the book was the work of Liszt's life companion and collaborator, Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein (1819–1887), she likely did not substantially influence its content.

Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor. He saw Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) playing for the first time in 1832, on the first Chopin concert in Paris. The two became friends, living in close proximity in Paris for years. They performed together several times between 1833 and 1841.

Bibl.: Waters, Edward N.: Chopin by Liszt. In: The Musical Quarterly Vol. 47, No. 2 (Apr., 1961), pp. 170-194.

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