Tytus Sylwester Woyciechowski (1808–1879)
Unknown artist, reproduction of photograph in advanced years, oval, 173 x 132.
Collection: Biblioteka Narodowa, Warsaw [I.F.1386/IV–1].
The license is accorded by the owner.
Tytus Sylwester Woyciechowski—Fryderyk’s closest friend from his Warsaw years, the addressee of twenty-one of his letters, eighteen from the years 1828–1830. He attended the Warsaw Lyceum and lived in the Chopins’ boarding house. From 1826 to 1829, he studied on the Department of Administrative Studies of the University of Warsaw. In 1829, left as the sole proprietor of Poturzyn and the surrounding villages, he took up running the estate. Tytus was the confidant of Fryderyk’s deeply-hidden secrets and creative work. ‘Never have I missed you like now; I’ve no one to pour myself out to, I don’t have you. – One of your looks after each concert would mean more to me than all the praise of the newspaper editors, the Elsners, Kurpińskis and Solivas, etc.’ wrote Chopin to Tytus from Warsaw on Saturday, 27 March 1830 [Sydow, i, 114]. In July 1830, Chopin visited Tytus in Poturzyn. ‘[…] your fields left me with a certain longing – that birch outside the windows is fixed in my memory’ (Warsaw, Saturday, 21 August 1830) [Sydow, i, 130]. Later, they continued to correspond, but after Tytus left Fryderyk in Vienna to return to Warsaw at the time of the outbreak of the November Rising in late 1830, they never met again. Chopin dedicated his Variations on ‘Là ci darem la mano’ from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, Op. 2 to his friend, as he wrote to him in a letter of 9 September 1828: ‘As for my new compositions, I have nothing besides the not completely finished Trio in G minor, commenced shortly after your departure. – […] I think that this Trio will meet a similar end as my Sonata and Variations. They are already in Leipzig, the first, as you know, dedicated to Elsner; on the second (perhaps too boldly) I inscribed your name. (My heart wished it so, friendship did not forbid, and do not take it in bad heart.)’ [Sydow, i, 79]. The Chopin souvenirs carefully preserved by Woyciechowski’s descendants (including manuscripts of his works and his letters) went up in flames in 1914, in Wożuczyn. The manor in Poturzyn was destroyed during World War II.