December 6, 2009
Left hand cast of Frédéric Chopin – the famous polish composer & virtuose pianist!
In 1888 a small monument was erected to the memory of the Frédéric Chopin at Wasswan. Portraits and medallions of Chopin were executed by Ary Scheffer and Eugène Delacroix, and by the sculptors Bary and Clésinger.
A distinguished English amateur thus records his impressions of Chopin’s style of pianoforte-playing compared with those of other masters:
“His technical characteristics may be broadly indicated as negation of bravura, absolute perfection of fingerplay, and of the legatissimo touch, on which no other pianist has ever so entirely leant, to the exclusion of that high relief and point which the modern German school, after the examples of Liszt and Thalberg, has so effectively developed. It is in these feature that we must recognize that Grundverschiedenheit (fundamental difference) which according to Felix Mendelssohn distinguished Chopin’s playing from that of these masters, and in no less degree from the example and teaching of Moscheles…”
“Imagine a delicate man of extreme refinement of mien and manner, sitting at the piano and playing with no sway of the body and scarcely any movement of the arms, depending entirely upon his narrow feminine hands and slender fingers.”
“The wide arpeggios in the left hand, maintained in a continuous stream of tone by the strict legato and fine and constant use of the damper-pedal, formed a harmonious substructure for a wonderfully poetic cantabile. His delicate pianissimo, the ever-changing modifications of tone and time (tempo rubato) were of indescribable effect. Even in energetic passages he scarcely ever exceeded an ordinary mezzoforte. His playing as a whole was unique in its kind, and no traditions of it can remain, for there is no school of Chopin the pianist, for the obvious reason that he could never be regarded as a public player, and his best pupils were nearly all amateurs.”
Portrait + hand casts of Frédéric Chopin.
SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:
• Music is in the fingers!
Michael Jackson is well-known around the world. And quite a few people are aware that Michael Jackson’s body cast can seen at Madame Tussauds. Nevertheless, it is sort of a ‘public secret’ that “Madame Tussauds” also presents certain body parts of Michael Jackson – in London and Las Vegas you can find wax casts of his hands!
By the way, Michael Jackson belongs to a very small group of celebrities who’s body cast is presented in at least 6 out of the 9 dependances of “Madame Tussauds” in well-know metropolians of the world. The other celebrities who share this honour are: Angelina Jolie (8), Beyonce (6), Brad Pitt (8), Elvis Presley (6), George Clooney (6), George W. Bush (7), Johnny Depp (6), Madonna (7), Marilyn Monroe (6), Princess Diana (6).
It is also interesting to notice that Michael Jackson’s hand cast present much more details about his hands than any public photo available! Hand experts have noticed that Michael Jackson’s hand lines are rather remarkable and present a tell-tale – for example: take a look at his ‘double head line’, which is known in the fields of palmistry as a sign of a ‘double nature’ and an ‘eccentric personality’.
The famous palmist Cheiro wrote about the ‘double line of head’:
“A double line of head is very rarely found, but when found it is a sure sign of brain power and mentality. Such people have a perfectly double nature — one side sensitive and gentle, the other confident, cold, and cruel. They have enormous versatility, great command of language, a peculiar power of playing and toying with human nature, and generally great will and determination.”
EARLIER REPORTS ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON’S HANDS: