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Tsarina
The newspaper "Gazeta Korespondenta Warszawskiego i Zagranicznego" informs that "Chopin, 9 years-old young boy, son of the professor in the Lyceum, at such an early age proficient in playing the piano, offered the N. Tsarina [staying in Warsaw, Maria Teodorowna, mother of the tsar] two, composed by him dances for the piano, which the Monarch, having praised the talent of such a young boy, and encouraging him to learn further, accepted with all her kindness."
The event took place on September 26, in the Warsaw Lyceum during the lesson delivered by Mikołaj Chopin.  More information: Warsaw, Casimir Palace - KALEIDOSCOPE
Warsaw, Casimir Palace - Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

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The event took place on September 26, in the Warsaw Lyceum during the lesson delivered by Mikołaj Chopin. 

More information:

Warsaw, Casimir Palace - KALEIDOSCOPE
Warsaw, Casimir Palace - Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

 
Mendelssohn about Chopin
Leipzig. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in a letter to his sister, Fanny Hensel: "Chopin was here; he didn’t want to stay more than one day, so we spent all the time together, and we made some music. I will not keep it secret, dear Fanny, that recently I have come to the conclusion that you are not fair enough for him in you judgments, maybe at the day when you heard him he was not in a proper mood for performing, what surely often happens to him; however, I was yet again delighted by his performance and I am convinced that if you and father heard several of his better compositions just like he played them for me, you would say the same thing. His playing the piano has something exclusively unique for him, and at the same time it is so masterly, that we can safely call him quite a perfect virtuoso; and because I like every perfection and it fills me with joy, then that day was to the highest degree pleasurable for me; even if very different from the days I have spent with you previously. It was nice to spent time with a veritable musician again, not with any semi-virtuosos and semi-classicists who would like to combine in music the eminence of virtue with pleasure of sin, but with a musician who has his own style and defined image. Even though his way is completely different than mine, I can understand him perfectly; not like in case of those semi-people. This Sunday evening was unusual; on his request I performed my Oratorio, curious citizens of Leipzig were peeking in quiet to see Chopin and when between the first and the second part in a pace of lightning he performed to the surprised public his new Etudes [probably from the Op. 25] and his new Concerto [probably Allegro de Concert Op. 46] and next I performed again my Paulus, it was as if Iroquois met Kafr for discussion. Moreover, he has a new, beautiful Nocturne [probably in C-sharp minor or in D-flat major from Op. 27] from which I have remembered several things. […] Already before my departure I received Händel’s compositions, which made Chopin happy as a child; they are in fact so beautiful, that me myself couldn’t have enough of them."
  • Etudes Op. 25 – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

  • Allegro de Concert Op. 46 – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

  • Nocturne in C-sharp minor Op. 27 – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

  • Nocturne in D-flat major Op. 27 – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

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