CHOPIN “KILLS TO DEATH”
Chopin reached Paris via Germany in September 1831. It was supposed to be a short visit – a stopover on the way to London. The composer was barely 21 years old, but he had quite a lot of money at his disposal and plenty of opportunities to multiply what he had (he could earn as much as 500 francs per week offering private tutorials in music, which became very fashionable at the time). Chopin was perfectly groomed as well.
Chopin’s first concert took place in the winter of 1832 at the Pleyel’s salon. At the time, Pleyel was one of the most recognizable makes of grand pianos. He played, among others, Variations in B Flat Major Op. 2 on ‘La ci darem la mano.’ Here is how the composer Antoni Orłowski assessed his colleague’s performance: “He killed all the local piano players to death, Paris has gone crazy.”