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Radziwiłł
Chopin visits his godmother, Anna from Skarbek family, Wiesiołowska in Strzyżew in Poznańskie region. He departs for a week-long visit to Antonin, invited by prince and princess Radziwiłł. He delivers lessons to Wanda Radziwiłłówna. In his letter to Tytus Woyciechowski (dated with November 14, 1829) he writes: "She is young, 17 years old and beautiful; God, it is a pleasure to correct her fingers. But jokes aside, she has a good musical sense." Her older sister Eliza draws his portrait: "She has done my portrait twice in her notebook, and as people told me, I look quite similar". He adds about prince Radziwiłł: "You know how much he likes music. He has shown me his Faustus and many things were so well thought over, that I would never expect such things from a nobleman. Among others there is one scene where Mefistofeles is tempting Gretchen – he is playing the guitar and singing at her window and at the same time chorus is audible from the nearby church; this contrast makes great effect in execution; on the paper you can see artificially organized singing and more devilish accompaniment for a very serious chorale. You can imagine the way of perceiving music; at the same time he is staunch in his opinions: theatre music for him in meaning describes only situations and feelings". Chopin composes for the prince the Polonaise in C major Op. 3: "At his place I have composed alla polacca with cello. Nothing but trinkets for salon and the ladies."
Introduction and Polonaise in C major Op. 3 for the piano and cello – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

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Englishmen
London. Chopin in his letter to Wojciech grzymała: "Here, art means painting, wood carving, architecture. Music is not art here, it is not called art and if you say: artist, then the Englishman thinks painter, architect, wood sculptor. And music is a profession, not art." About Englishwomen and Englishmen he adds: "All of them look at hands and with great feelings perform false notes. Originals, God forbid: [here caricature] This is a Lord in a collar and boots, stuttering. [Second caricature] this is a duke in brown boots with gads, in salmon-color trousers and a sort of dressing gown on top of it."

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Fryderyk Chopin’s obituary - "Revue et Gazette Musicale" dated with 21st of October, 1848 : "On the 17th of this month, at 2 o'clock in the morning, in arms of one of his students and friends, the famous artist passed away. Since the very beginning of his career he took the place in the front among the outstanding modern personalities, with his unique, more individual nature of his talent. […]
Probably there was nobody whose physical appearance would better resemble the nature of the performed art. His body was fragile in the very essence, just like the subtle style of his music. He was on the verge of fading away, elusive, imperceptible. His way of taping the key was unique in its kind. Of course this manner was less popular in a big hall, but it had the reach of a secret confession and it was delightful. He was called Ariel of the piano. If the queen Mab desired to have a pianist, she would have chosen Chopin for sure: only his heavenly pen, which described the fabulous sled of the Fairy of Dreams, could analyze complicated, infinite intricacy of this melody, this phrase pregnant with notes, however, delicate as a lace, in which the Composer always hid his thought. Chopin as a man and as a Composer was an aristocrat. His genius could not be submissive to any rules. Hiding in the atmosphere of mystery and intimacy, he composed little, he gave scarce quantity of lessons and almost never performed for broad public. […] He was a virtuoso and composer of dreams which are lonely, or at most experienced with one more person. His supporters and students admired him in a fanatic way. Chopin’s organism brought to mind the entities described by Pope, entities having more than human sensitivity for whom the existence on earth is a constant suffering: the most delicate touch makes a wound, barely audible sound is like a thunder and the most subtle smell of a rose – a poison. When seen such frail, thin and pale, he was expected to be close to death, and next, people got used to the thought that he could live forever. Novertheless, he had to leave us prematurely, because when his last hour came, he was only 39. His sister arrived from Poland to be present at his last moments to delay this hour with her ministrations and prayers. The corpse of this great artist will be embalmed. He had always wished to have Requiem by Mozart performed at his funeral. The funeral mass will take place in the Saint Madeleine Church."

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Probably there was nobody whose physical appearance would better resemble the nature of the performed art. His body was fragile in the very essence, just like the subtle style of his music. He was on the verge of fading away, elusive, imperceptible. His way of taping the key was unique in its kind. Of course this manner was less popular in a big hall, but it had the reach of a secret confession and it was delightful. He was called Ariel of the piano. If the queen Mab desired to have a pianist, she would have chosen Chopin for sure: only his heavenly pen, which described the fabulous sled of the Fairy of Dreams, could analyze complicated, infinite intricacy of this melody, this phrase pregnant with notes, however, delicate as a lace, in which the Composer always hid his thought. Chopin as a man and as a Composer was an aristocrat. His genius could not be submissive to any rules. Hiding in the atmosphere of mystery and intimacy, he composed little, he gave scarce quantity of lessons and almost never performed for broad public. […] He was a virtuoso and composer of dreams which are lonely, or at most experienced with one more person. His supporters and students admired him in a fanatic way. Chopin’s organism brought to mind the entities described by Pope, entities having more than human sensitivity for whom the existence on earth is a constant suffering: the most delicate touch makes a wound, barely audible sound is like a thunder and the most subtle smell of a rose – a poison. When seen such frail, thin and pale, he was expected to be close to death, and next, people got used to the thought that he could live forever. Novertheless, he had to leave us prematurely, because when his last hour came, he was only 39. His sister arrived from Poland to be present at his last moments to delay this hour with her ministrations and prayers. The corpse of this great artist will be embalmed. He had always wished to have Requiem by Mozart performed at his funeral. The funeral mass will take place in the Saint Madeleine Church."