Joseph Filtsch in Paris - March, 1842

from Selected Correspondance of Fryderyck Chopin, page 216:

Yesterday we heard Henri Herz. His execution is elegant, agreeable and coquettish, but without nobility. What a difference between him and Chopin, whose fingers sing and bring tears to your eyes, making anyone who is sensitive tremble with emotion. His delicate and slender hands cover wide stretches and skips with a fabulous lightness, and his finger agility is so marvellous that I am ready to believe the amusing story that he has been seen to put his foot around his neck! Moreover, it is only thanks to this flexibility that he can play black notes with his thumb or whole series of notes with …   more >>
cite as

Bronislaw Edward Sydow (Comp) and Chopin, and Arthur Hedley (ed.), Selected Correspondance of Fryderyck Chopin (Prescot, 1962), p. 216. accessed: 18 May, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Experience Information

Date/Time March, 1842
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:29:59 +0000
Approved on Sat, 17 Oct 2015 10:21:16 +0100