Long-lost Chopin Letters Recovered
no-image, Long-lost Chopin Letters Recovered
Six letters written by Frederic Chopin, thought to be lost in 1939, have been found and donated to a Warsaw museum dedicated to the Polish composer
Source: Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw (http://chopin.museum/pl)
The letters are part of a bigger collection donated to the Museum by Marek Keller, a Polish art dealer now based in Mexico. The entire collection comprises 47 documents, including letters from Chopin's pupil Jane Stirling to his sister Ludwika, several anonymous letters, drawings and prints owned by Chopin. However it is Chopin's letters that have been garnering most attention from both Chopin specialists and Polish public in general.
The letters, written by Chopin to his parents and sisters between 1845 and 1848, were believed lost after the outbreak of World War II. After it emerged in 2003 that they still existed in a private collection, moves were made to secure them.
According to museum curator Alicja Knast, the letters were last displayed in public in Poland in 1932 and were still confirmed as being in Warsaw in 1939. It is believed the letters went missing, like many other cultural artefacts, after the Nazis invaded Poland.
The museum was assisted in their recovery by Marek Keller, a Polish art dealer now based in Mexico. He acquired them directly from their owners, whom Knast said wished to remain anonymous.
In the letters, written in Polish, Chopin describes daily life and his cello sonata in G minor, one of his few non-piano works.
The most precious objects from the collection will be displayed at the Museum from March 25 until April 24, 2011. The exhibition is entitled "I trust that there will always remain something to be done for him…", a quote from one of the retrieved letters of Jane W. Stirling, a Fryderyk Chopin's student, who provided the composer with financial and emotional support during his final years. After Chopin's death, Sterling became an ambassador for preserving his art and life in remembrance.
Source: www.chopin.museum.pl, PAP, BBC.