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Warsaw

Warsaw, Brühl Palace

Warsaw, Brühl Palace on Plac Saski, signed ‘w Lit. F.[ranciszka] Schuster[a] w Warszawie’. First half of 19th c. Collection: Biblioteka Narodowa, Warsaw [Dział Ikonografii, T. I-12, G. 28497, 8088].

The license is accorded by the owner.

 

Following the first public concerts of the little Fryderyk, news of his extraordinary talent went around the capital’s artistic milieux. Salon proprietors (including the Zamoyskis, the Cichowskis, Duke Maksymilian Jabłonowski, the general’s wife Mrs Sowińska, Mrs Grabowska, Teresa Kicka, Klementyna Hoffmanowa, née Tańska, the Wodzińskis, the Chodkiewiczes and Kessler) sought to have Chopin perform at their social gatherings, tea parties, balls and musical soirées. As soon as he entered the room, he was immediately requested to perform one of his compositions or to improvise, usually on a theme put forward from the audience. The young virtuoso’s brilliant displays made a great impression on listeners, as is testified by numerous accounts of his performances in the letters and diaries of those who frequented the salons of Warsaw in the early nineteenth century. After 1815, Brühl Palace became the residence of Grand Duke Constantine and was another place, besides the Belvedere, in which Chopin performed several times.