Thursday, January 8, 2009

Women, Black Cigars and Genius - Only in the 19th Century!

They both smoked strong, evil-smelling cigars. One wore pants, and had the genesis of a mustache on her upper lip. Both were married, and became mistresses. Both were the antithesis of what the "proper" 19th century representation of European women was all about, in general.
George Sand ran off with Frederick Chopin.
Princess Carolyne Von Sayn-Wittgenstein ran off with Franz Liszt.
Both dominated these composers through the daunting power of their personalities.
We know that Liszt's father, on his deathbed, warned his genius son that "women may very well complicate your life."
But the music survived.
Great art is almost always the ultimate survivor.

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