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My ideal
Chopin in a letter to Tytus Woyciechowski: "You are writing that you have learnt about my concerts from 2 newspapers. […] Probably You yourself feel my need to come back to Vienna, not for the lady Blachetka about whom, as I believe, I have written that it is a young, beautiful, playing person, because, maybe unluckily, I already have my ideal to whom, without the chance of having a talk, I serve for half a year already, about whom I dream, for whom I have composed adagio from my concerto [Larghetto from the Concerto in F minor Op. 21], who inspired me for the waltz this morning, which I am sending to you [Waltz in D-flat major WN 20]. Be careful, there is one place marked with +. Nobody knows it apart from you. It would be such a pleasure to perform it for you, dearest Tytus. In Trio the bass singing should dominate until the top E in the 5th bar, it is pointless to write it to you, you can feel it." He concludes with melancholy: "Before I have received your letter, I was at Miodowa Street; I have the custom to look up at Chodkiewicz’s place, but the shutters in your previous room were in the same position as yesterday, as in the past. […] You won’t believe how sad is Warsaw for me today. If not for my family who makes this time pleasurable, I wouldn’t stand it. It is so sad not having anybody to visit in the morning, to share the sorrow, happiness; it is so terrible when something troubles you and you can’t put it anywhere. You know what I allude to. I talk to the piano what I would tell you."
The mentioned in the letter "Chopin ideal" concerns Konstancja Gładkowska. It is the first mention of her in Chopin's letters. More information:
  • Concerto in F minor Op. 21 – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC) 

  • Waltzin D-flat major – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

  • Warsaw, Miodowa Street – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Warsaw, Cafes at Miodowa Street – WARSZAWA CHOPINA 2010

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Nohant. Chopin in a letter to Julian Fontana writes about his return to Paris and asks Fontana to order for him several pieces of clothes: "In five, six or seven days I am in Paris, and, head and neck, let me see there at least paper and bed, if not everything. Have mercy, and do everything. I am speeding up my return because Jerzy’s presence is needed according to art; but let it stay between us. Today we have decided that our departure takes place the day after tomorrow, so spare some days for delay, today is Thursday, on next Wednesday or Thursday we will see each other. Apart from various orders I have sent to you, and especially those in the last letter (the one about her apartment, about which you will not have to worry after our arrival, but until our arrival, God, be obliging), apart all of this I forgot to ask you to take my hat to my Dupont at your street to order. He knows my measure and he knows what light hats I need. Let him give the hat this year’s form, without extravagance, because I don’t know how you dress now. Apart from this, on your way, enter to Dautremont, my tailor on the boulevard, and ask him to do grey trousers for me immediately. Choose yourself the dark-grey colour, winter trousers, something decent, without stripes, plain and flexible. You are an Englishmen, you know what I need. He will be happy, when he learns that I am arriving. Moreover, black, velvet waistcoat, but with a small, modest pattern, something very modest and elegant. If there is nothing decent, then take one made of material [silk], black, decent and beautiful."
 Fashion in the 19th century France – Fashion Plate Collection, Victorian era (University of Washington)

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