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Szafarnia and the horse
The Szafarnia Courier of 16 August reads: "Domestic affairs. On 11 August this year The Hon. Fryderyk Chopin underwent a riding course on the back of a brave stallion; he was racing towards the finish, yet despite repeated attempts, he failed to outdistance Mrs Dziewanowska, who was walking (which should be blamed on the horse not the rider), his was nevertheless the victory over Miss Ludwika, who covered the last distance to the finish by foot."
During his holiday in 1824, in Szafarnia, Chopin sends to his family various information and observations in the form of a newspaper "Kuryer Szafarski", based on "Kuryer Warszawski". Chopin signed the news with various code names such as Pichon, Jakub Chopin, Mokołajek. "Kuryer Szafarski" was published on August 16, 19, 24, 27 and 31, and on the 3rd of September 1824. More information:
  • Szafarnia – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Szafarnia – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

  • Autograph on the letter by Fryderyk Chopin, so-called "Kuryer Szafarski", August 16, 1824 – KALEIDOSCOPE

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During his holiday in 1824, in Szafarnia, Chopin sends to his family various information and observations in the form of a newspaper "Kuryer Szafarski", based on "Kuryer Warszawski". Chopin signed the news with various code names such as Pichon, Jakub Chopin, Mokołajek. "Kuryer Szafarski" was published on August 16, 19, 24, 27 and 31, and on the 3rd of September 1824.

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1st concert in Vienna
August 11, 1829. Chopin undertakes his first visit to Vienna. On 11 August he gives a concert at Kärntnertortheater, playing Variations from Don Juan and some improvisations. Initially, the programme was to be different: "Beethoven’s Overture, my Variations, Miss Veltheim’s singing, my Rondo. And then singing again, followed by a little ballet to finish off the evening. During the rehearsal the orchestra accompanied me so badly that I replaced the Rondo with Freie Phantasie. As soon as I appeared on stage, I got applause; and after each variation the ovation was so loud that I could not hear the whole orchestra. After I have finished, they were clapping so much that I had to come out on stage again and take a bow. Freie Phantasie I did not play all that remarkably better, yet they clapped even harder and I had to appear on stage again. The Phantasie worked to my benefit because the Germans are able to appreciate it." Chopin also improvised on a theme from La dame blanche and, following a request, on the Polish traditional song Chmiel, which "electrified the audience, unaccustomed to such songs. My parterre spies swear that the audience were jumping in their seats." He nevertheless continues in a more cautious tone: "The popular opinion has it that I played weakly, or rather in too delicate a fashion for an audience accustomed to the local artists’ banging on the piano. I expect to see the accusation in the journal, especially that the editor’s daughter bangs on the instrument in a terrible manner. […] The orchestra were looking daggers at my badly written notes and pulling a face until the improvisation, after which they clapped their hands among the applause of the whole audience. I know that they are on my side; as for other artists, I don’t know, but they should not be unfriendly as they can see that I didn’t play for material gain. So, my first performance, if unexpected, was nevertheless successful. […] If they lash me in the newspapers so badly that I won’t be able to show my face to the world again, I decided to paint rooms because it’s easiest to draw a brush through paper […] Today I’m 4 years wiser and more experienced."
  • Vienna – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Vienna – Kärntnerthortheater

  • Variations in B-flat minor Op. 2 on the theme "La Ci Darem La Mano" – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

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