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Vienna, merry go round
Chopin writes to his family from Vienna: "I do not lack anything except for more life, more spirit. I am tired, yet sometimes as jolly as I used to be at home. Whenever sadness comes upon me, I go to Mrs Szaszek’s, where I usually find a couple of Polish ladies, who give me so much assurance and mollycoddle me so much that I immediately begin to imitate the local dignitaries. It is a new Punchinello, my fresh creation; you have not seen it yet, but those who look at him, burst with laughter. But there are days when you won’t pull out two words from me or get anything across, that is when I take 30 kreuzers and go to Hietzing or Vienna’s environs to entertain myself. [...] The other day, good old Würflisko was at my place, Czapek, Kumerski and many others came round as well, and we went off to St. Veit. It is a fine place, which cannot be said about the so-called Tivoli, where there is a kind of carousel, or a cart slide, which they call — Rutsch. It is an utter folly. Yet many people slide down in the carts to no purpose whatsoever; I didn’t even want to look on it. Only later, because we were a party of eight (and good friends only) and once we started to slide down, racing to be the first, each helping himself with his feet, the purpose of the thing became to compete with each other, and I turned from a fierce malcontent of this foolish Vienna game into a zealous proselyte, until yet again I regained my senses and realised that this is how they entertain their healthy and strong bodies, this is how they delude their able minds, and at a time when the entire humane race calls on people like them to come to its defence. To hell with them!..." He adds on a remark about himself: "I turned into a robust man. I have grown whiskers on the right side of my face and – there is a lot of it. The left side may go without since you sit with your right side to the audience. […] I’m not learning anything here that would be Viennese in character. […] For instance, I can’t dance any waltz properly, that should suffice! My piano hasn’t heard, only mazurkas"
In the course of the eight months he spent in Vienna, Chopin composed, among other pieces, nine mazurkas (op. 6 and 7, some from op. 17), four nocturnes (op. 9 and No. 2 op. 15) and at least two etudes (6 and 6 op. 10). Most probably, he also finished his Polonaise in E-flat major op. 22 there. In Vienna, he also wrote a number of compositions belonging to so-called social current in his work, including Mazurka in G major (WN 26), Waltz in A minor (WN 36), Lento con gran espressione (WN 38) and a few songs, including Piosnka litewska (The Lithuanian Song) and the final version of Precz z moich oczu (Out of my sight).

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In the course of the eight months he spent in Vienna, Chopin composed, among other pieces, nine mazurkas (op. 6 and 7, some from op. 17), four nocturnes (op. 9 and No. 2 op. 15) and at least two etudes (6 and 6 op. 10). Most probably, he also finished his Polonaise in E-flat major op. 22 there. In Vienna, he also wrote a number of compositions belonging to so-called social current in his work, including Mazurka in G major (WN 26), Waltz in A minor (WN 36), Lento con gran espressione (WN 38) and a few songs, including Piosnka litewska (The Lithuanian Song) and the final version of Precz z moich oczu (Out of my sight).

 
Potocka
Delfina Potocka writes to Chopin: "I am sorry to sense that you are so deserted and alone in illness and sadness; please write me a line. [...] It is sad and boring here without you, but for me, life drags on by in equal manner everywhere; may it pass without worse sufferings and trials, it is enough what one had to take already. Somehow I was not lucky in this world either! […] Au total, this earthy existence is just an enormous dissonance." She advises him to "seriously consider Nice for the winter".