Museum gets long-lost Chopin letters

The envelope of a letter written by Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin to his parents and sisters in Warsaw in 1847 is seen on display at the Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Poland. A collection of letters written by Chopin considered lost in 1939 have been found and donated to Warsaw's Chopin museum. Address reads in French and Polish: Mrs. Chopin through Berlin to Warsaw in Poland.
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The envelope of a letter written by Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin to his parents and sisters in Warsaw in 1847 is seen on display at the Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Poland. A collection of letters written by Chopin considered lost in 1939 have been found and donated to Warsaw's Chopin museum. Address reads in French and Polish: Mrs. Chopin through Berlin to Warsaw in Poland.
Posted March 24, 2011, at 7:10 p.m.
Polish emigre art dealer Marek Keller, right, and Poland's Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski, left, talk over a show case containing letters written by Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, whose portrait is seen background, at the Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Poland Thursday, March 24, 2011. A collection of letters written by Polish composer Frederic Chopin considered lost in 1939 have been found and donated to Warsaw's Chopin museum by Keller who recently bought them for the museum.
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Polish emigre art dealer Marek Keller, right, and Poland's Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski, left, talk over a show case containing letters written by Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, whose portrait is seen background, at the Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Poland Thursday, March 24, 2011. A collection of letters written by Polish composer Frederic Chopin considered lost in 1939 have been found and donated to Warsaw's Chopin museum by Keller who recently bought them for the museum.
One of six letters written by Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin to his parents and sisters in Warsaw between 1845-48  are seen on display at the Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Poland Thursday. A collection of letters written by Chopin considered lost in 1939 have been found and donated to Warsaw's Chopin museum.
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One of six letters written by Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin to his parents and sisters in Warsaw between 1845-48 are seen on display at the Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Poland Thursday. A collection of letters written by Chopin considered lost in 1939 have been found and donated to Warsaw's Chopin museum.

WARSAW, Poland — A collection of Frederic Chopin’s letters telling of the Polish composer’s daily life, from giving lessons to the hot chocolate he drank, have gone on display in Warsaw’s  Chopin museum more than six decades after they went missing.

The six letters written by Chopin to his parents and sisters back home in Warsaw in 1845-1848 are the centerpiece of an exhibit that opened Thursday. It will run for one month after which they  will be made available to researchers.

The collection of 47 items also includes letters from the piano composer’s Scottish pupil Jane Stirling to Chopin’s sister, as well as other items, such as a ticket for a rehearsal concert on July 26, 1840.

The letters were written from Paris and Nohant, where Chopin used to spend summers and talk about his time with friends, his painful work on the Sonata in G minor, and the chocolate he liked to  drink.

Although the contents of the letters were known to researchers, the originals were believed to have been lost or destroyed during World War II.

Word emerged in 2003 that the letters still existed. The museum alerted Polish emigre art dealer living in Mexico, Marek Keller, who decided to buy them and donate them to the museum. Museum authorities refused to disclose the name of the collector who had them or the fate of the items since 1939, honoring the collector’s request to remain anonymous. Knast said all the items  were confirmed as authentic before they were bought for an undisclosed sum of money.   Chopin was born in Poland in 1810 to a French father and a Polish mother, and spent the first half of his life in Poland. During the second half he lived in France, where he won fame with his compositions, mostly for the piano, and his popular concerts.

He died in Paris in 1849.

 

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