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Warsaw

Warsaw, Church of the Nuns of the Visitation

Warsaw, Church of the Nuns of the Visitation on ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście, after a watercolour by Zygmunt Vogel from 1785 (copy by J. Neugebauer). Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [F/29].

 

As a pupil of the Warsaw Lyceum, and then a student of Warsaw University, Fryderyk was obliged to attend mass at the Visitandines’ church on ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście. From 1825, he often improvised there on the organ during services. Writing to Jan Białobłocki in November 1825, he expressed his pleasure: ‘I’ve become the school organist. Thus my wife, as well as all my children, must respect me for two reasons. Ha, Good Sir, what a man am I! The first person in the whole school after the Revd parish priest! […] I play once a week, on Sundays, at the Visitandines’ on the organ, and the others sing’ [Sydow, i, 60]. Fryderyk took part in numerous performances by the orchestra, choir and soloists of the conservatory under the direction of vice-chancellor Józef Elsner. These concerts were mostly organised during church feasts.