Improv Quote of the Day: Chopin Unbound

Frédéric Chopin as portrayed by Eugène Delacro...

The other day I heard Chopin improvise at George Sand’s house. It is marvelous to hear Chopin compose in this way: his inspiration is so immediate and complete that he plays without hesitation as if it could not be otherwise.
 But when it comes to writing it down and recapturing the original thought in all its details, he spends days of nervous strain and almost terrible despair.

– Karl Flitsch