The Life of Philidor, Musician and Chess-Player
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...sobriquet, ) known as a royalist general. He was condemcd to death, but escaped and died in Holatein, in December 1848, eighty-five years old... which would make him born in the same year with Andre." I suspect, therefore, that there is some mistake here.--The name only of another son is mentioned as an interlocutor in a dialogue, illustrative of Philidor's absence of mind. "Fre"de"ric!--Papa!--Es tu la?--Oui, papa.--Tu n'est pas done sorti?--Non, papa.--Eh bien! tu vas chez Marmontel, etc."--Philidor's only daughter, Elyse, beautiful and lively, like her mother, at twenty-eight married Pradher, then only seventeen, who became afterwards a distinguished professor at the Conservatoire. She died in August, 1825, at the age of fifty. She was the only musician of his children: --none of them had any skill in chess. from mastership, yet permitted them to be represented by one of the rival sex. Philidor, therefore, for his sisters' sake, very eagerly enrolled himself in the confraternity of Mercers... nobody ( says his dependant) can well guess his reason for the choice; and thenceforth nothing gave him so much delight as to sign himself Philidor, Marchawl Mercier; and when he furnished his name for the baptismal certificates of his children, it was with this mercantile appendage. To this period of his life wo may perhaps refer the peculiar honor, which he received from the good city of Paris... that of having his bust ordered of Pajou. The work was executed in terra cotta, and was pronounced by his family to be an admirable likeness. It was afterwards presented by the city to Mmc Philidor. If the portrait in the Museum of Versailles be a work of the last century, and not a modern contribution of Louis Philippe's artists, that...
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