CHOPIN, Fryderyk Francois (1810-1849). Autograph note signed ("F Chopin") to Monsieur Brandus of the "Magasin de Musique," n.p., n.d. [Paris, 1844]. 1 page, small oblong, 134 x 106mm, autograph address on verso, a few light stains, otherwise fine. In French.
CHOPIN REQUESTS COPIES OF HIS WORKS, INCLUDING THE FUNERAL MARCH. Chopin writes: "Be so kind as to send me the Nocturnes Op 55 and the Sonata in b flat minor [Op. 35] (Troupenas edition)." Though brief, the note refers to two of the composer's favorite Nocturnes (Op.55, nos. 1 & 2)--a form Chopin had made particularly his own--and the Piano Sonata No.2, composed in 1839 and including the famous funeral march (one of Chopin's most famous melodies) as its third movement.
Chopin, born in Zelazowa Wola, Poland, travelled through much of Europe in his youth as a performer and teacher, but settled in Paris, and in 1832 gave his first performance at the Salle Pleyel. For the next few years, Chopin composed and performed, gaining in reputation all the while, but suffering throughout these productive years from poor health. By 1843, with his health rapidly deteriorating, Chopin and Georges Sand went to Nohant for the summer where he completed the Nocturnes Op.55. His medical condition continued to deteriorate, and on 17 October, 1849 he died. His letters, even brief examples, are rare.