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Experts positive about Chopin / Jenny Lind

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PROF. DR MIECZYSŁAW TOMASZEWSKI
Having reviewed the updated research paper of 7 Februar 2005, Prof. Dr hab. Mieczysław Tomaszewski, Akademia Muzyczna, Kraków, member of the Program Board of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, wrote in his letter of 18 April 2005 to Icons of Europe:

“Je l’ai lu avec grand intérêt et je vous félicite."

ROUNDTABLE WITH BRITISH SCOLARS
Scholars of the University of Edinburgh and the
University of St.Andrews, at Edinburgh, 11 January 2005

"... new information not previously known to exist."

Conclusion of the minutes on the new research paper:  "The participants found that the evidence of the research paper was persuasive.  They observed that it included a good deal of new information not previously researched or known to exist."  Full minutes = Attachment B 1/4-2/4 of research paper of 7 Feb. 2005.


ROUNDTABLE WITH EXPERTS AT WARSAW
Warsaw Philharmonic, 1 March 2004
Hosted by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute

Chaired by Prof. Dr Irena Poniatowska, Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw,
president of the Polish Chopin Academy, and member of the Program Board of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

"... found it quite possible that Jenny Lind had fallen under
Chopin's spell and wanted to marry him."

Jenny Lind (1820-1887), the Swedish soprano and philanthropist.
Excerpts of the minutes on the new research paper:
 "She agreed that Jenny Lind was probably the donor of the 25,000 francs and that Jane Stirling and Mrs Erskine were intermediaries.  She did not think that there was any evidence in the letters of Chopin quoted by her to suggest that he was interested in marriage". 

"... found it quite possible that Jenny Lind had fallen under Chopin's spell and wanted to marry him." -  "She pointed out that while Chopin's letters did not suggest that he had any amorous feelings towards Jenny Lind, that was in itself not proof to show that he did not have such feelings.  Chopin had always been secret about his love life."

"Prof. Poniatowska concluded the roundtable by observing that the work by Cecilia and Jens Jorgensen of Icons of Europe [their Chopin biography of 2003 and a comprehensive research paper] provided a useful contribution to the body of knowledge about the final stage of Chopin’s life, and that it raised important questions that would merit further study."  Full minutes = Attachment B 3/4-4/4 of research paper of 7 Feb. 2005.


Chopin in 1831, a portrait of unknown origin.Article in Chopin in the World
Vienna, the annual 2003/2004 issue (p. 25-26)
Reviewing the new Chopin and The Swedish Nightingale

"Our view of facts thought to be known can change."

"As we can see, there are still many facts to be discovered 154 years after Chopin's death, or our view of facts thought to be known can change.  There is another, very important piece of information ...".

Prof. Dr Irena Poniatowska, Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw,
president of the Polish Chopin Academy, and member of the
Program Board of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute

COMMENTS IN 2003 (on Chopin and The Swedish Nightingale) :

Daniel Blumenthal"I find that the authors' vision offers the first truly believable explanation of the sources as they exist - and it certainly has been a revelation to me.

It is all the more interesting as it strongly links, a century and a half later, Chopin's life with that of Jenny Lind - two great personalities brought together in a new light." >> More

Daniel Blumenthal
Pianist
Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels

14 July 2003

The new biography:  "I found it immensely interesting both in respect to its contents and its innovatory and inspiring way of presentation."
Hanna Wroblewska-Straus
Director of the Frederick Chopin Museum at
The Frederick Chopin Society in Warsaw
11 September 2003

Baron James de Rothschild"Many congratulations on an intensively researched and beautifully produced volume."

Victor Gray
The Director
The Rothschild Archive, London

7 October 2003


Cecilia and Jens Jorgensen meeting with The Frederick Chopin Society in Warsaw on 12 May 2003.  Mrs Hanna Wroblewska-Straus stands in the middle, Mr Albert Grudzinski, Director-General of the Society to the right.  Mrs Anna Ryszka-Komarnicka holds a printed draft trial edition of the new biography."A careful reading of your book and of the letters by Jenny Lind which I received from you as well as my re-reading of Chopin's letters along with my own considerations have brought me to the following conclusion:   It is possible that it was Jenny Lind who has anonymously donated to Chopin the amount of 25,000 francs."

"To this effect she might have used the two Scottish ladies, i.e. Miss Jane W. Stirling and Mrs. Katherine Erskine, whom she might have probably been acquainted with in England, in 1848.  The way which those two ladies have chosen to fulfill this task did not meet with Chopin's approval.  He expressed as much in several of his letters addressed to Grzymala, among others, in the one dated August 3rd, 1849, quoting:  'There is kind heartedness there - but what showing off'.  These words might be interpreted in different ways, depending upon the adopted course of thinking.""

"It would serve the cause well if in the future (and maybe in not a distant future) some documents would emerge which would finally solve the whole matter." -
... It might have not been excluded that Jenny Lind fell in love with him and was planning marriage basing upon Chopin's behaviour".

Hanna Wroblewska-Straus
Director of the Frederick Chopin Museum at
The Frederick Chopin Society in Warsaw
13 October 2003


Chopin in 1831, a portrait of unknown origin.Wiener Chopin-Blätter
Zeitschrift der Internationalen Chopin-Gesellschaft in Wien

Herbst / Autumn 2003

"Chopin und die Schwedische Nachtigal" ... ist eine ausgezeichnete, sehr interessante Darstellung des Lebens F. Chopin, vieler Grösser Persönlichkeiten seiner Zeit, sowie der bisher unbekannten Romanze mit Jenny Lind." >> More
 

"... I am taking also this opportunity to thank you for the 50 Krona banknote which we have received recently and which has been included into the items of our museum collection (inv. No. M/3173)."
For the Museum Director,
Teresa Czerwinska
Frederick Chopin Museum at
The Frederick Chopin Society in Warsaw
4 November 2003



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"Chopin and The
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