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Some interesting contemporary views of Chopin can be seen in the recent feature in the Independent that portrays him as a temperamental and complex man of many contradictions. A quote from his student Zofia Rosengardt:
"You cannot imagine a person who can be colder and more indifferent to everything around him," she wrote. "He is polite to excess, and yet there is so much irony, so much spite hidden inside it. Woe betide the person who allows himself to be taken in ... He is heavily endowed with wit and common sense, but then he often has wild, unpleasant moments when he is evil and angry, when he breaks chairs and stamps his feet. He can be as petulant as a spoiled child, bullying his pupils and being very cold with his friends. Those are usually days of suffering, physical exhaustion or quarrels with Madame Sand."Rosengardt's picture of his character is not kind, but it is completely congruent with Chopin's music.
Krystian Zimerman playing Chopin's Fantaisie in F minor Op. 49: