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.

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Stanislaus Joyce, The Dublin Diary of Stanislaus Joyce. In George Harris Healey (ed.), The complete Dublin diary of Stanislaus Joyce (Ithaca, 1971), p. 43. accessed: 20 July, 2024


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Date/Time 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.

Originally submitted by acusworth on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:50:09 +0000
Approved on Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:25:44 +0000