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Paris, Père-Lachaise - Chopin's grave

Fryderyk Chopin died on 17th October 1849 in his Paris apartment on Place Vendôme. The funeral service took place on 30th October at the Madeleine Church in Paris. The service featured Preludes in E minor and B flat minor (played on the organ by Louis Lefébure-Wély) and, allegedly according to Chopin's wish, Mozart's Requiem. The Pere-Lachaise cemetery resounded with the Funeral March from Sonata in B flat minor, in an instrumentation by Napoléon Henry Réber. Chopin's heart was transported to Poland to be rested in the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw.

Source: Fryderyk Chopin Institute

The gravestone sculpture in the Père-Lachaise cemetery was unveiled on 17th October 1850, Fryderyk Chopin’s first anniversary of death. It was designed by Auguste Clésinger, husband of George Sand’s daughter Solange Dupin.

The sculpture is made up of a plinth holding a marble figure of Euterpe, Muse of Music, leaning over a broken lyre. The front side of the plinth features a medallion displaying Fryderyk Chopin’s image.

The sculpture also bears the following inscriptions: under the medallion – "A Fréd. Chopin Ses Amis„ (”To Fryderyk Chopin His Friends"); on the left side of the plinth – "Frédéric Chopin, né de Pologne, à Zelazowa Wola prés de Varsovie. Fils d'un émigré français, marié à Mlle Krzyżanowska, fille d'un gentilhomme polonais„ (”Fryderyk Chopin, born in Poland, in Żelazowa Wola near Warsaw. Son of a French immigrant married to Mlle Krzyżanowska, daughter of a Polish nobleman”)

On 28th February 2010, in the Wawel Cathedral in Kraków, Poland, the famous burial site of Polish monarchs, an official Holy Mass is going to be celebrated by cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Kraków. In a symbolic act of tribute to Fryderyk Chopin, a copy of his gravestone medallion is going to be put in place in the cathedral’s crypt where great Polish national poets are also buried.   

Photographs: Wikipedia, KALEIDOSCOPE