Monday, January 31, 2011

A discredit a false statement of Chopin piano and a cell that did not live

The Polish pianist Frederic Chopin lived one winter with George Sand in a cell in the monastery of Valldemossa (Mallorca) than the one currently visited by tourists, which also exhibits a piano player that ever played, according to a ruling of a court of Palma merchant. The resolution responds to the lawsuit filed by the owner of cell number 4 of the monastery against the company that owns the cell number 2, which is open to the public as one in which the musician, the French writer and children of it lived on December 15, 1838 to February 11, 1839, an experience recounted in his book Sand A Winter in Mallorca.

The judge based on evidence such as letters of the period, pictures and testimonials According to the verdict, was in cell No. 4-known at the time as the 3 - where the artist dwelt really, so it requires the owner of the number 2-once the 1 - to stop advertising their sale. The judge also convicted the defendants to publish the correction of cell number in newspapers and disseminated by institutions and associations, and take away the piano currently on display.

To test this controversial issue, on which articles have been published and until today has not been resolved in court proceedings, the head of the Commercial Court 2 of Palma is based on evidence such as letters of the period, pictures and testimonials. The judge highlighted the probative value of documents, which include several letters of the man who lived in the cell before the family Chopin, Ignacio Durán, a letter from George Sand's own, and two letters of the banker who claimed to Sand the rental of the cell.

In one letter, Duran asked the banker to locate the owner of the "cell number 3," which was a priest of the church of San Nicolás Palma, and then in another, indicates that "A French lady" could buy the furniture that had accumulated in the cell when he lived in it. The experts showed that the piano is built after Chopin In other letters, the banker noted the sale of furniture and in a letter to a countess Sand tells the cell what it was like, "three rooms and a garden full of lemon" description that matches the current number 4.

Regarding the testimony of the period, retained only a man who, when asked his old age, writes the Spanish translator of A Winter in Majorca where Chopin lived in "fourth or fifth corridor (which the Judge considers that the real is the fourth). Subsequently, researchers dug into this issue concluded that either could not determine what was, or was the current number 4.

Case is also based on drawings of landscapes that were at the time George Sand and her son Maurice from the cell, one of which, by the child, could only draw from the number 4, as found in situ "their own judge and confirmed after experts. Regarding the piano that the defendant should be removed, touted as the Chopin he played in his day with the name of "poor Majorcan piano," the statement concludes that there is a contemporary artist and was built in the decade of the nineteenth century 50 .

It relies on various expert reports, both by experts as appointed by the court, indicating that he could never play because it's Chopin later. Therefore, the judge explains the credited evidence "strongly" that the real cell was 4, something that "has not only led for a century (since 1910) error in the consumer, but has also created confusion in the visitors ".

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