George Sand in Marseille - April, 1839

from Selected Correspondance of Fryderyck Chopin, page 177:

[Letter from George Sand to Carlotta Marliani]

They gave Nourrit a very scanty funeral service here since the bishop made a fuss [on account of Nourrit's suicide]. I don't know whether the choristers did it on purpose, but I have never heard such out-of-tune singing. Chopin sacrificed himself by playing the organ at the Elevation-- and what an organ ! Anyhow our boy made the best of it by using the less discordant stops, and he played Schubert's Die Sterne, not with the passionate and glowing tone that Nourrit used, but with a plaintive sound as soft as an echo …   more >>

cite as

Bronislaw Edward Sydow (Comp) and Chopin, and Arthur Hedley (ed.), Selected Correspondance of Fryderyck Chopin (Prescot, 1962), p. 177. accessed: 24 June, 2024

location of experience: Marseille


George Sand
memoirist, Novelist

Listening to

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Die Sterne
written by Franz Schubert
performed by Chopin

Experience Information

Date/Time April, 1839
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:19:43 +0000
Approved on Sat, 17 Oct 2015 10:19:33 +0100