Karol Lipiński

Karol Lipiński


Karol Józef Lipiński (1790–1861)

Maksymilian Fajans, lithograph on grey tint, 1850, 340 x 240.

Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [M/1153].


Karol Józef Lipiński—a Polish violinist and composer of Europe-wide renown. In the 1829–1830 season he performed in Warsaw. ‘Lipiński is coming’, wrote Chopin to Tytus Woyciechowski [Sydow, i, 124]. Lipiński’s playing was placed on a par with that of Paganini. In 1818, when the two violinists took part in a musical tournament in Piacenza, they were acknowledged as virtuosos of equal calibre. However, Lipiński, in spite of his exceptional technique and beautiful tone, was a more traditional artist and did not dazzle an audience with the ingeniousness of innovative effects like Paganini, in relation to whom he was also the lesser composer.

Chopin met Lipiński in Paris in 1835: ‘You did well in introducing Lipiński everywhere you could’, wrote Mikołaj Chopin in a letter to his son from Warsaw, 15 December 1835 [Sydow, i, 267].

Lipiński arranged transcriptions for violin and piano of two nocturnes (Op. 9 Nos. 1 and 2), two polonaises from Op. 26 and the Tarantella, Op. 43 by Chopin.