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  February  
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The last concert in Paris
Fryderyk Chopin delivers his last concert in Paris, in the Pleyel’s concert hall, at 20 Rochechouard Street. He announces it in his letter to his sister, Ludwika Jędrzejewiczowa (February 10): "When it comes to me, I am healthy as much as I could be. Pleyel, Perthuis, Léo, Albrecht convinced me to deliver a concert. All the tickets were sold a week ago. I will deliver it in the Pleyel salon on the 18th of this month. There are 300 tickets for 20 Franks each. I will have a beautiful Paris world. The King ordered to buy 10 tickets, the Queen – 10, the Queen of Orléans [Maria Krystyna] 10, Duke Montpensier [the youngest son of the King – Antoni Filip] 10, despite the mourning and none of them will come. People want to buy tickets for the next concert, which will not take place, because this one already bores me." He mentions the concert in another letter to his family (February 11): "One morning my friends have come and told me that I have to deliver a concert, that I do not have to worry about anything only sit down and play. All the tickets were sold a week ago, and every ticket costs 20 Franks. People want to buy tickets for another concert, which I don’t plan to deliver. The court ordered to buy 40 tickets, and it is written in the logs that I might deliver another one; letters come to my editor from Brest and Nantes to book places. I am surprised by such empressement [enthusiasm], and I have to play today, if only for my consciousness, because I feel as if I played worse than ever. I will perform (for the curiosity) the Trio by Mozart with Franchomme and Allard. There will be no posters or free of charge tickets. The salon is comfortably arranged, it can fit 300 listeners. Pleyel is forever making fun of my stupidity and to encourage me he will decorate stairs with flowers. I will be like at home and I will only meet familiar faces. I have already at my place the piano on which I perform."
Chopin performed etudes, preludes, mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, Berceuse and Barcarole, and with August Franchomme his own Sonata in G minor for the cello and Trio in G minor  by Mozart (at the accompaniment of the violinist Delphin Alard). Instrumental parts were divided by singing by Antoni Molin de Mendi and Gustav Hypppolyte Roger. The second concert mentioned in the letters did not take place, mainly due to the outbreak of the February Revolution in Paris. More information:
  • Salle Pleyel – THE PAINOLA INSTITUTE

  • Salle Pleyel – PIANOS ESTHER

  • Salle Pleyel today - Internet website

  • J.J. Eigeldinger Chopin and Pleyel, "Early Music" 2001 XXIX(3):389-398 (article)

  • Concert's programme – SESQUICENTENAIRE DE L’ABSENCE DE FREDERIC CHOPIN

  • Chopin's last concert, "Music" (a monthly magazine) – GOOGLE BOOKS (article)

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Chopin performed etudes, preludes, mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, Berceuse and Barcarole, and with August Franchomme his own Sonata in G minor for the cello and Trio in G minor  by Mozart (at the accompaniment of the violinist Delphin Alard). Instrumental parts were divided by singing by Antoni Molin de Mendi and Gustav Hypppolyte Roger.

The second concert mentioned in the letters did not take place, mainly due to the outbreak of the February Revolution in Paris.

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