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5) What was the reason that George Sand broke the relationship with Chopin? . Elene: There is actually some written evidence that Fryderyk and Delfina were. Chopin and Sand eventually formed a romantic relationship. In November of , the couple spent three months in Majorca, where Chopin. The Composer and his Muse: Frédéric Chopin and George Sand Chopin and Sand eventually formed a romantic relationship. In November.
The people of Majorca were weary of Chopin's coughing, assuming it to be tuberculosis. And Sand did not attend church, which was seen as a scandal. Chopin, at first, thought the island a paradise, but several weeks later his health worsened and he was unable to enjoy the pleasures of the island.
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Daguerreotype images are so haunting. This one is of Chopin, when he was still working on some of his last masterpieces, or perhaps the photograph was taken a little later, around the time of his acrimonious split with George Sand that left him so devastated.
Sand took great care of Chopin and insisted that he spend five months of the year at her country home in Nohant, France, where he would file and polish his compositions of the winter. Chopin and Sand spent almost nine years together and eventually ended their relationship.
This was very unfortunate for Chopin because she protected and nursed the increasingly consumptive and irritable composer while attending to his every whim. The separation with George Sand and his ill health broke Chopin. His weight dramatically decreased while his coughing became continuous.
In the last two and a half years of his life, he only composed a few pages of music. When Chopin did so, this seemed to Sand like a betrayal, and their relationship quickly deteriorated. Her last letter to him was dated July 28, Although the precipitating cause of the break was this family quarrel, the Sand-Chopin relationship had been cooling for some time, at least on her part.
Marek and Gordon-Smith in their biography "Chopin" state that in Sand had a brief affair with a philosopher named Louis Blanc, which Chopin never knew about. The ardor of their early times together had passed, and by they probably had not had sexual relations for several years. This appears to have been Sand's decision, which she later defended on the grounds of Chopin's health.
Moreover, as the years went by, friction arose from the fact that Chopin seemed to regard himself as a member of Sand's family and entitled to take a hand in the governance of her household and children.
Dr. Fuddle's Musical Blog: The Composer and his Muse: Frédéric Chopin and George Sand
At certain times most notably when she gave her consent for Solange to marry ClesingerSand went behind Chopin's back in domestic matters to avoid confronting his disapproval and to get done what she thought ought to be done! Eventually she probably came to resent what she regarded as his meddling in matters that were none of his business.
Even if the quarrel between Solange and her mother had not caused the final break between Sand and Chopin, something else might well have done so sooner or later. I think that the fundamental problem in the relationship between Sand and Chopin was her insistence on treating him as her third child rather than as an adult man who had at least half a brain and was her equal as a domestic partner.
Part of this was the cessation of their physical relationship, which, in my opinion, directly led to the wild jealousy that she complained so bitterly about. I'll just leave this complex subject at that for now. From a source by Hedley, he claims that Chopin and Sand's break was circumstantial.
Solange was rebelling against her mother and Chopin cared for the family as a whole and chose to side with her. Hedley asserts that Chopin and Sand cared about each other very much, but the circumstantial problems with family and health drove them apart, not from them destesting one another. Question 6 He relished his position at a very center of Parisian high society at the time where musicians entered the best houses only through the tradesmen's entrance.
When still in his 20s, he consorted on equal terms with princes, countesses and the greatest cultural personages of the day. Chopin belonged to the upper middle strata of society. Politically, he considered himself a revolutionary, but he never officially sided with any one faction. Ironically, he never 'conspired' with his Polish contemporaries for Polish liberation, and as 'revolutionary' as his political outlook may have been, that didn't stop him from socializing and becoming friends with the nobility.
I hate to say this, but if Chopin were living in the US today, he'd probably be a Republican! Chopin was politically conservative, and his livelihood depended on the aristocratic status quo.
So he's rather small, suspiciously an elegant man! Khoa says that he's tall and big. Can anyone give a reliable info? According to a few books I've read, Chopin was anywhere between 5'5" to 5'8" tall.
He never weighed more that lbs. In one book I read I, unfortunately, can't remember the name or the author, sorry, but it's at the Furman University Music Libraryhe once took Solange, George Sand's daughter, to a fair where they both had themselves weighed. The receipt containing his weight read 98 lbs. If I remember correctly this was about or According to the same book, at the time of his death he weighed about 88 or 90 lbs.
According to that same passport, his eyes were blue-grey. This evidence is far more reliable than "souvenirs" after his death. His weight is given in one of the volumes of Sand's correspondence edited by G. In English measurement, though he would have been thinking metric, he was about 5'7" tall. He was at times under lbs and probably never much more than that.
This was an extremely flexible body with little muscle mass, very well suited for its owner's musical proclivities. It's said that Chopin was able to do contortions quite easily.
His insistence on "souplesse" suppleness was probably a lot easier for him to achieve than it was for his students. She was a thinking bosom and one who overpowered her young lovers. Pritchett  She loved both of us, but you above all. What a heart of gold she had! What absence of every petty, mean, or false feeling!
What a brave man she was, and what a good woman! She was buried in the private graveyard behind the chapel at Nohant-Vic.
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She has a unique place in our age. Others are great men… she was a great woman. Early in her career, her work was in high demand and already bythe first of several compendia of her writings was published in 24 volumes. Victor Hugoin the eulogy he gave at her funeral, said "the lyre was within her. It was necessary to prove that a woman could have all the manly gifts without losing any of her angelic qualities, be strong without ceasing to be tender… George Sand proved it.