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    A Calendar of Events letting you know what, where and when is happening throughout the Chopin Year:

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    An inspiring guide helping children to enter the exciting word of Fryderyk Chopin’s music:

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    A platform for exchanging information between institutions, journalists and organisers of jubilee events. Brings you official information about:

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Death of Chopin and description by Grzymała
Fryderyk Chopin dies at 2 am. According to family tradition his last words were: "Mother, my poor mother". At the end of October, Wojciech Grzymała writes a letter to August Léo: "Our Chopin is dead. The emptiness he left behind should contribute to our good feelings towards him, none of us will forget him to the end of our lives and none of us will ever cease to feel this emptiness. I tried to write to you several times, but each time when I started to describe Chopin’s disease the pen fell out of my hand in fear that when I put on paper my distress it will become more realistic. Since your departure Chopin searched advice at several homeopaths and several doctors of the old school. But in vain. Doctors: Roth, Simon, Oldendorf, Fraenkel from Warsaw, Louis, Blache, Cruveiller and many others did their best. The disease was too much developed and the patient too weak to save him […]. Only one true consolation reinforced again the beating of this weak heart. Chopin’s sister arrived, the sister he loved so much; she came from faraway North [..] to become the nurse of her poor brother. […] several hours after the 17th day of the month had ended, on Wednesday, he left this world. Smiling until the last moment before his death, he kissed Gutmann and tried to hug Mme Clésinger. Now we are sure of it, his soul rests with God and this soul will be beloved. Several hours before his death he asked Mme Potocka for three melodies by Bellini and Rossini, which she sang sobbing; he listened to the last sounds of this world in prayerful concentration. He asked to perform dissection, he was convinced that medicine has not diagnosed his disease correctly. In fact, it was confirmed that he was not ill with what was assumed, but he couldn’t live anyway. On the third day his body embalmed and completely clothed was presented among flowers for friends and strangers to have the last look at the face of the Great Master. Requiem by Mozart and his own funeral march will be performed with the participation of Lablache, Mme Viardot and the Concert Association. To describe the times and conclude the letter, I will tell you that artists asked for 2000 franks for commemorating Chopin, although the very dignity should make them offer and not sell their talent for his memory. […] ten days before his death he listed people who are most able to understand his music and assess the intention of it and he said that your opinion is of great value for him, because it is sober, well thought-over and not tainted with flattery."
  • The Death of Fryderyk Chopin – Felix-Joseph Barrias, oil on canvas – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Fryderyk Chopin's Death Mask by Jean-Baptiste (proper Auguste) Clésinger – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Cemetery Père-Lachaise

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