Stanislaus Joyce - early 20th Century
from The Dublin Diary of Stanislaus Joyce, page 43:
Chopin is a favourite musician of mine; he is perhaps, the genius of Poland. This is only a guess, however, for I know very little of the Polish people. To me his music expresses a deep, melodious melancholy, or with formal but most supple grace, a cold brilliant revelry; and these, I gather, are the features of the character of an aristocracy, to whom, because of several conditions of life, a naturally despondent temper, and a dark, proud hatred of the power that has overcome them, dancing nightly with haughty and elaborate pleasure is life.
Stanislaus Joyce, The Dublin Diary of Stanislaus Joyce. In George Harris Healey (ed.), The complete Dublin diary of Stanislaus Joyce (Ithaca, 1971), p. 43. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1447879808855 accessed: 21 February, 2024
Listening tohide composers
pieces by Chopin
written by Chopin
|early 20th Century
Joyce describes his response to Chopin - as a non-musician, this must be derived from his hearing experience of the music rather than his playing of it.