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Comments on the New Biography

"It reads like a detective story:  background, issues, motive, capability, opportunity, clues, red herring, suspects and verdict."
-  Elisabeth Krantz, Jönköping

"I have rapidly gone through it and see how tempting it is already."   - Senior policy advisor of an international organization, Geneva.

"Romeo and Juliet", Ajkun BALLET THEATRE, United States."I have danced to Chopin's Nocturnes while Cecilia played them and have understood a world that is indescribable in beauty.  Their discovery of the mysterious donation and more importantly the passionate secret love between Chopin and Jenny Lind is a remarkable discovery". -  Ballet dancer, Brussels.

"May your book bring the large number of Chopin and Jenny Lind friends even closer together, at a time of impressive historical changes in Europe." -  Ambassador of an EU member state, Brussels.

"I bought the Standard version of the biography, but I would now like to upgrade to the Special version." -  Golf player, Lasne.

"Thank you very much for the book we have just received.  It is a fantastic piece of work.  My congratulations." -  General manager, Warsaw.

Jenny Lind sounds the G on the piano for Günther (from "Jenny Lind" by Maria Holmström, Stockholm, 1920).Claudius Harris alias Captain Harris stands for the initials CH, i.e. the initials that Chopin often used to sign his own letters.  That can hardly be a coincidence (ref. pages 75-76 of the biography).

Jenny Lind was obviously fond of symbolism.  It is indicated not only by the ‘Sonnambula’ donation you have identified, but also, for example, by the image on page 73 where she sounds the G for Günther on the piano as well as by her interpretation of Chopin's Mazurka Op. 24 on page 87." -  Kerstin, Stockholm.

"It was interesting to see how Chopin was impressed by the new express train that brought him from London to Edinburgh in twelve hours on 5 August 1848". -  Medical doctor, Copenhagen.

"I was pleased to receive your book that looks wonderful and well
illustrated." -  Director of a global health entity, Geneva.

“La Liberté guidant le peuple”, 1830, by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863).  Oil painting, at the Musée de Louvre."You have made a sensational discovery.  It is almost incredible that no one had made it before." -  Composer and musicologist, Brussels.

"Jag är i full gång med att läsa er bok om Chopin, den är spännande och lättläst.  Det är otroligt så mycket fakta ni har luskat fram!" -  Karin Falk, Lillehammer.

Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Cromwell.  English School, oil on canvas, 1646.  © Christie's Images, Inc. 2003."Cecilia, what you and Jens have discovered is truly remarkable and brings hope and romance into our stale lives".

Pamela Cordova, lawyer, Brussels.

"Its design and content made it a pleasure to study the book.  Many thanks." -  Ambassador of an EU member state.

"Jeg synes rent ud sagt at det er et imponerende værk.  Dybt inspirende i hypotese og gennemførelse, men så sandeligt også i dokumentation og layout." -  Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen.

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The late New York Times journalist Tad Szulc wrote in his book Chopin in Paris (N.Y. 2000, page 395):
"The question naturally arose as to what had happened to the money, but the story is too convoluted to merit very detailed examination".

Szulc and other scholars failed over 150 years to resolve the mystery about the 25,000 francs, let alone the subject of Chopin's mariage deliberations in 1848.


Issues of the 19th century continue to apply to the 21st century:

National revolutions
European politics
Technology development
Infectious diseases
Love and death
The power of culture