Joseph Filtsch in Paris - March, 1842

from Selected Correspondance of Fryderyck Chopin, page 217:

The other day I heard Chopin improvise at George Sand's house. It is marvellous to hear Chopin compose in this way: his inspiration is so immediate and complete that he plays without hesitation as if it had to be thus. But when it comes to writing it down and recapturing the original thought in all its details, he spends days of nervous strain and almost frightening desperation. He alters and re-touches the same phrases incessantly and walks up and down like a madman.
cite as

Bronislaw Edward Sydow (Comp) and Chopin, and Arthur Hedley (ed.), Selected Correspondance of Fryderyck Chopin (Prescot, 1962), p. 217. accessed: 23 July, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:33:17 +0000
Approved on Sat, 17 Oct 2015 10:22:04 +0100