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Vienna after departure

Vienna. Chopin in his letter to the family, a month after leaving Warsaw: "My little heart smiled only a little bit at the letter received for the first time since four weeks, that is since I have bid farewell to you. Dinner was tastier. The "Wild Man" (this is the name of the formidable inn where we eat) charged me for appetizing consumption of the strudel a whole rhenish and several coins. We had a general fun (…). We live at the main street, at Kohlmarkt, three rooms, it is true that it is the third floor, but the apartment is pretty, richly and elegantly furnished, cheap for a month. I pay 25 rhenish. (…) I will perform a concert, but when, where, how, what, I know nothing. My swollen nose did not allow me to visit the embassy, nor Mrs Rzewuska, whom the whole world visits, and she lives next to Hussarzewski, whom I visited with my nose without any shame several times so far. He dissuades me, just like Würfel, to play for free. (…) The money I have taken from the banker is still untouched. I expect that I know how to respect them. With all this I would like to ask to have something at the end of the month for my travel to Italy, if my concerts won't bring any profit. The theatre is the most expensive for me, but I don't regret this expenses, as Ms Heinefetter and Mr Wild almost always sing there. This week I have heard three new operas. Yesterday Fra Diavola was staged, the Mute is better, previously it was Tytus by Mozart, today it is Wilhelm Tell." At the end he adds: "People think I have put on weight... Everything goes fine."

Chopin lived in a house at Kohlmarkt Street, at present No. 9. On this house, reconstructed about 1900 there is a memory plaque dedicated to the composer.

More information:
  • Priest professor Wacław Chmielarski Chopin in the cycle Great Poles in Wienna (pl. Wielcy Polacy w Wiedniu) (article) – JUPITER

  • Memory Plaque on the House at Kohlmarktstr. 9 – WIKIPEDIA



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Chopin lived in a house at Kohlmarkt Street, at present No. 9. On this house, reconstructed about 1900 there is a memory plaque dedicated to the composer.

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Sand - the nurse

George Sand to Pauline Viardot: "Feelings of Chopin, whose nurse I was for 9 years, should have endured every fire test. Even if I have committed some mistakes or offences, Chopin should not […] have noticed them. […] Skilful influence of Solange dominated my honesty."

Pauline Viardot in response to George Sand's letter: "It is completely false, I swear to you. […] he is equally good, equally devoted and he admires you equally, he is happy with your happiness and he suffers when you are in pain."