Classical Music Talk

January 1, 2010

Chopin in Paris

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Frederic Chopin

Frederic Chopin

In the year 1822, Niccolò Paganini participated in a recital of Chopin, while he meets him and the German pianist and composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Also in 1829 Chopin meets his first love, a student singer named Konstancja Gladkowska. This event inspires Chopin to include the human voice in his work.

In August, three weeks after graduating from the Warsaw Conservatory, Chopin made his brilliant debut in Vienna. He has here two piano  music recitals and received many favorable reviews, but also there are critical voices about his the piano  music.

In December, he had the first Piano Concerto in F minor at the Merchants Club in Warsaw. The first representation of the other piano concert in E minor, takes place at the National Theater on March 17 1830.

On November 2 1830, leaving Warsaw, Chopin has concert in Western Europe, then returns to his native country. Rebellion broke out at the end of November and with his friend, Titus Woyciechowski, returns home to attend the demonstrations. Chopin remains in Vienna, eager to hear news from his relatives, then visit the cities Munich and Stuttgart (where is the establishment of Russian military occupation in Poland), reaching Paris in October 1831. Already he had composed a large part of important works, including two piano concertos and some of the Etude Op. 10.


In Paris, Chopin is greeted by eminent Polish exiles and leading artists such as Heinrich Heine, Alfred de Vigny and Eugène Delacroix. Get acquainted with some of the foremost pianists of the day, including Friedrich Kalkbrenner, Ferdinand Hiller and Franz Liszt, while forming friendships with composers such as Hector Berlioz, Felix Mendelssohn, Charles-Valentin Alkan, and Vincenzo Bellini (along with who is buried in Cemetery Père Lachaise). Chopin’s music was already appreciated by many contemporary composers, among them was Robert Schumann who, in his criticism of Variations “La ci darem la mano” (from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni), Op. 2, and notes: “Hats off, gentlemen! A genius. ”

During the period spent in Paris, Chopin participated in a number of concerts. Their programs give a taste of the richness of Parisian artistic life during these times, such concerts were March 23, 1833, in which Chopin, Liszt and Hiller had solo scores of Johann Sebastian Bach concerto for three clavichords concert on March 3 1838, in which Chopin, Alkan, Pierre Joseph Zimmerman (Alkan’s teacher) and Adolphe Gutman (student of Chopin) made the arrangement of the eight hands of Alkan’s Symphony VII by Beethoven. He is involved in the composition Hexaméron (1837), the sixth variation of the theme of Bellini.


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