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Nohant
8 July 1839. In his subsequent letter to Wojciech Grzymała, Chopin tries to persuade his friend to come to Nohant: "I know how hard it is for you to leave Paris, and despite my desire to see you and take pleasure in your company, I would not dare to insist; yet the lady of the house is starting to feel sad and is indeed sorry that you are nowhere in sight. An empty promise that frankly does not come as a surprise to me, yet it might perhaps be a charitable deed to come and visit us. Madame d’Agoult’s bed is waiting for you, if that may please you, apart from the two loving hearts which wither looking forward to see you". George Sand puts down an additional note herself: "We must necessarily see you. Your little one is in ill mood all the time. Perhaps he needs a life that is less peaceful, less recluse, and less regular then is possible in Nohant. Who knows? Perhaps he needs a little jaunt to Paris. I’m ready for any sacrifices just not to have to see him engulfed by melancholy. Please come and check his mental pulse. In whose power it is to grasp the fine line between physical ailment and mental longing? He will never admit that he is bored here to me. Yet I believe that I have guessed what is wrong. He is not used to such a serious life, and me, alarmingly, I am becoming more of a mother of a family and a pedagogue."

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Bialoblocki
Warsaw. Chopin informs his friend Jan Białobłocki in Sokołów, near Szafarnia, that "the exam is approaching soon, it is right in front of my nose ("behind your belt", Poles would say in the past, but as I don’t wear a belt, only a big nose, you can clearly see, why I’ve written that the exam is right in front of my nose). Don’t expect me to write you a lot, I am extremely busy. […] I’m sorry that you are not here, it was nice to do some chatting, joking, singing, crying, laughing, or fighting, etc., with Wasan Dobrodz."
Thirteen letters written in 1824-1827 evidence Chopin’s first, abruptly ended, youthful friendship with Jan Białobłocki. The boy stayed at the Chopins’ lodging rooms yet his permanent residence was Sokołów, an estate belonging to his step-father, Antoni Wybraniecki. He died prematurely at the age of 22.

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Thirteen letters written in 1824-1827 evidence Chopin’s first, abruptly ended, youthful friendship with Jan Białobłocki. The boy stayed at the Chopins’ lodging rooms yet his permanent residence was Sokołów, an estate belonging to his step-father, Antoni Wybraniecki. He died prematurely at the age of 22.

 
Nohant 2
Chopin writes to Wojciech Grzymała from Nohant: "The country is beautiful now, unlike a few weeks before. We had enormous storms and rains here. The rivers, even small brooks, would overflow. The oldest people cannot remember a similar one. Mills are destroyed, bridges broken." To August Léo he wrote: "The country is so beautiful that I would feel very sorry for you being thus confined in the city if it were not Paris."

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Nohant 3
Chopin writes to Auguste Franchomme from Nohant: "I do everything I can to work, yet somehow to no avail, if it continues like this, my compositions won’t sound like the chirping of bee-eaters, or even the sound of porcelain being smashed. I need to accept it." During his seventh, and last, summer in Nohant, Chopin works to complete Nocturnes op. 62 and Sonata in G minor op. 65.
  • Nocturne in B major Op. 62/1 – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

  • Nocturne in E major Op. 62/2 – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

  • Sonata in G minor Op. 65 – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

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