Transcript: Frederic Chopin | Jul 18, 1999

(rock music plays)

Against a purple background, animated letters read “Blast from the past.”

A caption appears on screen. It reads “Frederic Chopin.”

A black and white picture shows a middle-aged man.

The Narrator says FREDERIC CHOPIN WAS ONE
OF THE GREAT COMPOSERS
OF THE 19th CENTURY.
HE WAS OFTEN DESCRIBED
AS QUIET AND RESERVED.
HIS LOVER, GEORGE
SAND, WAS NOT.
FIRST, GEORGE SAND
WAS A WOMAN.
SHE WAS A NOVELIST WHO
DRESSED IN ECCENTRIC COSTUMES
AND SMOKED CIGARS.

A black and white clip shows a man dressed as a woman losing his hat and a man wearing a skirt doing a funny dance.

The Narrator continues HER RELATIONSHIP WITH
CHOPIN WAS INTENSE.
OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD GEORGE
SAND AND FREDERIC CHOPIN
WROTE, COMPOSED, TRAVELLED
AND LIVED TOGETHER.
THEN IN 1846 THINGS
STARTED TO UNRAVEL.
GEORGE SAND'S DAUGHTER, SOLANGE,
WAS ENGAGED TO A DRUNK.
NEITHER CHOPIN OR SAND LIKED
THE DRUNK, BUT SAND THOUGHT
HE MIGHT HAVE A POSITIVE
INFLUENCE ON HER WILD DAUGHTER.
CHOPIN, WHO'D ALWAYS HAD A
SOFT SPOT FOR SOLANGE, DISAGREED
AND STAYED AWAY
FROM THE WEDDING.
SHORTLY AFTER, SOLANGE
AND HER NEW HUSBAND
CAME TO STAY WITH SAND
IN HER COUNTRY HOME.
CHOPIN KNEW THERE'D BE
TROUBLE AND STAYED IN PARIS.
IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE SAND AND
HER DAUGHTER WERE FIGHTING.

Fast clips show two people playing chess, a young man playing cymbals, a strange car, a man riding a bicycle moving the handlebar, women performing tricks, newlyweds and two cows fighting.

The Narrator continues WHEN SOLANGE INSULTED HER,
SAND SLAPPED HER ACROSS
THE FACE AND SOLANGE'S
DRUNK HUSBAND BEGAN
PICKING FIGHTS WITH
THE OTHER GUESTS.
HE SWUNG AT ONE OF
THEM WITH A HAMMER.
GEORGE'S SON TRIED
TO TAKE THE HAMMER,
THEN WENT TO GET GUNS.

People doing funny tricks appear.

The Narrator continues THANKFULLY, THE LOCAL PRIEST
CAME BY WITH A FRIEND.
THEY MANAGED TO SUBDUE
THE DRUNK HUSBAND
AND DISARM GEORGE'S SON.
SOLANGE AND HER HUSBAND LEFT
THE NEXT DAY WITHOUT A WORD.
THOUGH CHOPIN WASN'T EVEN
THERE, HE SYMPATHIZED
WITH SOLANGE AND
TOOK HER SIDE.
FOR SAND, THIS WAS THE
FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN,
AND SOON AFTER SHE ENDED
HER LONG RELATIONSHIP
WITH FREDERIC CHOPIN.

A picture of a young woman appears, followed by another one of a woman wearing a dark dress. Then, a clip shows a woman looking out to the ocean.

A slate reads “A Production of TV Ontario. Copyright The Ontario Educational Communications Authority 1999.”

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