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During his stay in Vienna, Chopin writes to his family: "I’m in good health and spirits. I don’t know what it is but the Germans look at me in wonder, and I look in wonder at them for I don’t see what they should wonder about. […] I’m told that Vienna would lose a lot if I left without having given a performance. It is simply beyond my comprehension. […] Mr Blahetka, a local journalist I met at the Haslinger’s, tells me to perform as well. They like the Variations a great deal indeed." In the post scriptum he adds: "I’ve made my mind. Blahetka says that I will create a sensation because I’m a virtuoso of the highest calibre, that I should be ranged among Moscheles, Herz, Kalkbrenner. [...] All the newsboys gaze at me with their eyes wide open; the orchestra members bow down because the director of the Italian opera, which is nonexistent now, walks arm in arm with me. Indeed, Würfel made everything easier for me."



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During his first stay in Nohant, George Sand’s summer residence, Chopin writes to Julian Fontana: "I’m writing Sonata Si b mineur, which will contain my march, the one you know already. There is Allegro, then Scherzo mi b mineur, the march and a rather short finale, not longer than my 3 pages; the left hand in unison with the right one are chattering away after the march. I have a new Notturno in G major, which will go with the one in G minor [Op. 37], if you may recall: You know that I’ve got 4 new Mazurkas: one in E minor written in Palma, 3 written here, in B major, in A-flat major and in C-sharp major [Op. 41], I think they’re pretty, as it is usually the case with the youngest children when the parents are growing old. When I’m doing nothing, I’m correcting Bach’s Paris edition not only ridding it of the mistakes made by the graveur [engraver], but also those accredited [accepted] by those who claim to understand Bach (not that I profess to understand him better myself, but in the belief that I may sometimes make a good guess). Well, I am boasting." He concludes: "Woyciechowski has written telling me to compose an oratory. I replied in a letter to my parents, asking why he is setting up a sugar factory instead of a Camaldolese monastery or a Dominican convent. Good old Tytus still nurtures his school-time imaginations, which does not stop me from loving him the way I did at school. He’s got a son, the second one. He’ll have the same name as me. I’m sorry for him."
  • Sonata in B-flat minor Op. 35 – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)