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Berlin II

Since September 14, Chopin stays in Berlin. The main goal of his travel was learning the musical culture and life of Berlin. In a letter to his family (September 20) he writes: "I am healthy and starting from tuesday, as if especially for me, every day there is something new in the theatre. What is more, I have already heard one Oratorio in Singakademia. I have listened with pleasure to Kortez [Ferdynand Cortez Gasparo Spontini], Il matrimonio segreto [The Secret Marriage] Cimarosa, Kolporter Onslow. However oratorio by Cäcilienfest Haendel was closer to the ideal I imagined about the great music. […] I have seen Spontini, Zelter, Mendelssohn, but I haven't spoken to none of them because I didn't have the courage to introduce myself. […] One day we have visited the library. It is huge, but there are little musical compositions. There I have seen handwritten letter by Kościuszko, which was being copied letter by letter by Falkenstein, the biographer of our hero. […] Tomorrow Freyszytz [Carl Maria Weber], this is what I need."

  • Berlin, Royal Opera House– KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Berlin, Royal Library – KALEIDOSCOPE



New apartment at Tronchet 5
Chopin and George Sand instruct Wojciech Grzymała in Paris about the guidelines concerning new apartments to be rented for them. Chopin asks: "Take a small apartment, and if it is too late, take a big one, whatever one, just to be rented. When it comes to the apartment for her, she thinks it is too expensive and you can’t discuss with her that it’s better to pay more than to have many lodgers in the house". George Sand adds: "It is not necessary to have all the rooms big and beautiful. For example rooms for children can be small, but with fireplaces, and rooms for the older ones – to have windows to the south. It is very important both for the boy and for my rheumatism. I do not need a big and beautiful salon neither, I never invite more than twelve people. The most important is good arrangement, you understand, and that everything is clean, fresh, possible to move in immediately, without additional expenses such as furniture. […] Never listen to the things Your boy will talk through the nose. His saving money on the apartment has no sense at all. He has to have a room for the servant and he also needs some space. If the apartment is, in your opinion, too small, let him talk. He will always have money to pay the rent. He will cut his expenditures on drinking, cards, women and tobacco." Next day Chopin presents concrete guidelines to Julian Fontana: "Take the apartment at Rue Tronchet 5, but make sure Grzym. after my last letter he didn’t take anything in the Embassy. I like very much the apartment you describe. If it is already taken, give preference to the Rue Lafitte despite the staircase, which annoy me." 
Finally, Chopin moved in at Rue Tronchet 5.  More information:
  • Chopin addresses in Paris – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Domiciles parisiens de Frédéric Chopin – LA SOCIÉTÉ CHOPIN



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