Music: Tragic Pole

Because Frederic François Chopin was ethereally pale and consumptive, because his music has always had a romantic appeal for ladies, the tendency has been for many a layman to regard him as a little man of music, a sentimentalist whose place is in the parlor. Chopin acquires great stature when played by great musicians. An unreserved admirer is British Pianist William Murdoch who this week tells Chopin's story in a good detailed biography.* Many a writer has made Chopin seem doomed from boyhood. According to Pianist Murdoch, his early days were easy compared...

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