Chopin, Frédéric François

COMPOSER, PIANIST (POLAND)
BORN 1 Mar 1810, Zelazova - DIED 17 Oct 1849, Paris: Place Vendome
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 11, 1ere ligne, Y, 20)

Son of a French father and a Polish mother. He gave his first concert when he was only eight years old. Fryderyk loved Poland, but in 1831 he moved to Paris to pursue a career as a pianist and a composer. Fryderyk became Frédéric and political developments in Poland prevented his return and he was forced to stay in exile in France for the rest of his life.

In 1838 he started a liaison with George Sand, the writer who had divorced her husband in 1836 and received celebrities in her salon at the Hôtel de France in Paris. At her country-seat he wrote his piano compositions. They were happy at first, but in 1846 Sand wrote to a friend that she spent seven of her eight years with Chopin as a virgin. She called him a sad angel.

Despite his relatieve youth Chopin's health was failing and his last years were full of health problem. In 1849 he died of tuberculosis. He was buried at Père Lachaise in Paris, but his heart was brought to the Church of the Holy Cross in Warshaw. After his death many of his unpublished work was brought to Poland, where it was lost in a fire.

Related persons
• was teacher to Jaëll, Alfred
• was a friend of Lind, Jenny
• knew Liszt, Franz
• met Möhring, Ferdinand
• met Pesadori-Pechwell, Antonia Helene
• was a friend of Slowacki, Juliusz

Events
26/2/1831Franz Liszt meets Frederic Chopin [Liszt, Franz]
16/4/1849Premiere of Meyerbeer's "Le prophète" with Pauline Viardot as Fidès. It was performed by the Opera of Paris at the Salle Le Peletier. Jeanne-Anaïs Castellan was Berthe and Gustave-Hippolyte Roger was Jean. Narcisse Girard was the conductor. In the audience were Chopin, Verdi, Théophile Gautier, Delacroix, Ivan Turgenev and Berlioz. It was a great succes and in July it was performed at Covent Garden in London. [Berlioz, Hector][Delacroix, Eugène][Gautier, Théophile][Meyerbeer, Giacomo][Verdi, Giuseppe][Viardot-Garcia, Pauline]
30/10/1849Funeral service for Chopin at the Église de la Madeleine in Paris. According to his last wishes, Mozart's "Requiem" was performed by Jeanne-Anaïs Castellan (soprano) and Pauline Viardot-Garcia (mazzo-soprano). Viardot's voice was reported to be soaring above the chorus and orchestra. They were singing incognito behind a black curtain, because women were forbidden to sing in churches and special permission had to be obtained for this performance. The male singers were Alexis Dupont and Luigi Lablache. [Viardot-Garcia, Pauline]

Images

The grave of Frédéric Chopin at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)

 

Sources
• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
Frédéric Chopin - Wikipedia


Christ, Lena

Published: 21 Oct 2007
Last update: 21 May 2010