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Plaque of Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

inscribed, right and bottom: LEWANDOWSKI / WIEN / 1913 / CHOPIN 1809 1849 CRE LEWANDOWCKI 1913 Vienna Austria Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, the Polish composer and pianist was recognised as a musical genius at an early age. The prodigy was featured in the Warsaw newspapers, and "little Chopin" became the attraction and ornament of receptions given in the aristocratic salons of the capital. Chopin was a Romantic composer who wrote almost entirely for the piano and was acclaimed by Schumann with the words: "Hats off, gentlemen, a genius!"

His adult life was centred mainly around Paris although in April 1848, persuaded by his Scottish pupil, Jane Stirling, Chopin left for England and Scotland where he was engaged in constant travelling and numerous performances, further weakening his already frail mental and physical state. Chopin died of pulmonary tuberculosis and although his body was laid to rest in Paris, his heart, taken from his body after death, was brought by his sister to Warsaw where it was placed in an urn installed in a pillar of the Holy Cross church in Krakowskie Przedmiescie.

(Source: Chopin Society in Warsaw website)