Frederic Chopin's Parisian Breakthrough

Arriving in Paris in the summer of 1831, Chopin struggled to establish a career in his new city. He made several attempts to organize a public concert to showcase his talents, but to no avail. Chopin had been living off of an allowance from his father, but his money was running out very quickly. His situation was further worsened by news of his youth sweetheart getting married back in Poland. Chopin seriously considered leaving Paris, but his fortunes reverse, and he managed to organize a concert at the Salle Pleyel. Here, he played for the likes of Franz Liszt and Francois-Joseph Fetis, earning their attention and respect. Overnight, Chopin ignited the Parisian music scene, and produced immediate demand for both his art and tutoring lessons from aristocratic clients. Soon after, he began playing in numerous prominent salons, and became fiscally self reliant.

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The end of the month Feb 1832

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