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Antoni  Radziwiłł

Antoni Radziwiłł

Antoni  Radziwiłł

*13 VI 1775 Wilno, †7 IV 1833 Berlin

Prince Antoni Henryk Radziwiłł - composer, cellist, patron of arts, regent of the Grand Duchy of Poznan, author of the music to Faust by Goethe. At the end of the 1820s Chopin was in friendly relationship with prince Radziwiłł. At the beginning of October 1828, on the way back from Berlin, during his short stay in Poznań Chopin attended a private party at the Radziwiłł palace, where he played the pieces by Haydn, Beethoven and Hummel and also improvised on the given themes.

In May 1829 Radziwiłł payed the Chopin family a visit in Warsaw and in October 1829 Chopin for a short period of time stayed in Radziwiłł's summer residence in Antonin, where he composed the Polonaise in C major, Op. 3 for the piano and cello. Chopin did not value this composition highly, which appears evident from the letter to Tytus Woyciechowski: "Nic nie ma [w Polonezie C-dur] prócz błyskotek dla salonu, dla dam" [There is nothing else (in the Polonaise in C major) but trumperies for the salon, for ladies.] (Chopin's Correspondence, vol. 1, p. 112).

In Antonin Chopin had the opportunity to see the score of the music to Faust by Radziwiłł, about which he wrote in flattering terms in the quoted letter. After returning to Warsaw Chopin dedicated the Trio in g minor to Radziwiłł, and the prince accepted the dedication and wanted to perform the work with Chopin but this performance never happened.


Dedicated first editions:

Trio in G minor, Op. 8 Op. 8 (French, M. Schlesinger)
Trio in G minor, Op. 8 Op. 8 (German, Kistner)
Trio in G minor, Op. 8 Op. 8 (English, Wessel & Co.)

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