Composers / Fryderyk Chopin / Places catalog

Poznań

In September 1828, Feliks Jarocki, Professor of Zoology at Warsaw University and a neighbour of the Chopins, left for a ‘nature researchers’ conference in Berlin. He suggested to the Chopins that he take their talented son with him, so that he, Fryderyk, could make contacts in German musical circles. Chopin announced his departure to Tytus Woyciechowski in a letter dated 9 September: ‘I am traveling to Berlin today. [...] The cause of all this, however, is monkeys from all the cabinets of Europe’.

The road to Berlin took them through Poznań, on 11 September, but they only stopped for a couple of hours, probably delivering a parcel from Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz in Warsaw to Abp Teofil Wolicki, as Henryk Nowaczyk suggests. Niemcewicz and Wolicki corresponded through trusted intermediaries, as anything sent through the post was liable to be intercepted by Novosiltsov’s secret police. Wolicki wanted the weary travellers to stay for dinner, but the imminent departure of the coach for Berlin (Nowaczyk has established that they only had two hours) prevented them from staying in Poznań any longer.

Chopin and Jarocki stopped in Poznań again on 30 September, on their way back from Berlin (they probably stayed at the ‘Hotel Saski’ [Saxon hotel] on ul. Wrocławska). They took Abp Wolicki up on his previous invitation and paid him a visit at his palace the day after they arrived. Chopin and Jarocki left for Warsaw on 3 October. It is worth adding that Chopin was not exactly a stranger to Wolicki. The archbishop’s mother was a Wiesiołowska. As such, she was related to Stefan Wiesiołowski of Strzyżew, the husband of Chopin’s godmother, Anna Skarbek.

The concert Chopin gave in the Poznań palace of Prince Radziwiłł (a former Jesuit college) has often been described but raises many questions. The event was purportedly captured and preserved in a famous 1887 painting by Henryk Siemiradzki. Some scholars, however, have pointed out that the Radziwiłłs were not in Poznań at the time and so the scene depicted in the painting could not have taken place.

In 1910, a plaque commemorating Chopin’s stay in Poznań was unveiled in the courtyard of the Poznań Society for the Friends of Learning (ul. Seweryna Mielżyńskiego 27/29). A second plaque was unveiled at the entrance to the former Jesuit College (Plac Kolegiacki 17) on 16 October 1960. The inscription reads: ‘Fryderyk Chopin played in this building in 1828’.

There is a monument to the composer sculpted by Marcin Rożek in a small park at the rear of the college. It was originally unveiled in Stanisław Moniuszko Park, at the intersection of ul. Chopina, ul. Libelta and al. Niepodleglości in 1923. After the war, it was moved to Fryderyk Chopin Park, which was laid out on the site of the former Jesuit gardens. The monument was seriously damaged in 1997 and has been replaced by a copy. The original is in the White Hall of the local government building.

The Museum of Musical Instruments (ul. Przy Starym Rynku 45) is in possession of the piano on which Chopin played at the Radziwiłł residence in Antonin, the composer’s death mask, a cast of his hand and a linden-wood bust of him by Wacław Szymanowski.

Place Category
Antonin Manors / Palaces / Castles
Antoni Brzezina’s bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Apartment of Dominik Magnuszewski Flats
Apartment of Stefan Witwicki Flats
Apartment of the family of Alfons Brandt Flats
Augsburg Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity Churches / Places of worship
Belvedere Appearances
Bielany, Camaldolese monastery Churches / Places of worship
Blue Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
‘Botanika’ Other
Brochów Churches / Places of worship
Brühl Palace Appearances
Buchholtz’s instrument store Other
Casimir Palace Flats
Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park Other
Czapski (Krasiński) Palace Appearances, Manors / Palaces / Castles
Dal Trozzo bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Duszniki Zdrój Hotels / Inns
Dziewanowski home Flats
Engraving studio of Fr Izydor Józef Cybulski and Antoni Płachecki Education
Franciszek Klukowski bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Fryderyk Chopin Museum Other
Fryderyk Skarbek’s apartment Flats
Gdańsk Hotels / Inns
Gładkowskis' apartment Flats
Golub Other
Holy Cross Church Churches / Places of worship
Home of Jan Matuszyński Flats
‘Honoratka’ Coffeehouses
Jabłonowski Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Jan Böhm’s townhouse Flats
Kalisz Other
Kikół Manors / Palaces / Castles
Kolbergs' apartment Flats
Kowalewo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Kozłowo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Krakow Other
Ludwik Dmuszewski’s house Flats
Magnus's bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Marceli Celiński’s apartment Flats
Maurycy Mochnacki’s home Flats
Miss Kicka's Salon in Lubomirski Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
National Theatre Appearances
Obory Churches / Places of worship
Obrowo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Ojców Other
‘Old’ Merchants' Hall Appearances
Patisserie Lourse Coffeehouses
Pieskowa Skała Other
Płock Other
‘Pod Kopciuszkiem’ and ‘Dziurka’ Coffeehouses
Poturzyn Manors / Palaces / Castles
Powązki Cemeteries
Poznań Other
Presbytery of St Jadwiga (Hedwig) parish church in Milanówek Other
Pruszak Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Residence of Józef Reinschmidt’s parents Flats
Rościszewo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Sanniki Manors / Palaces / Castles
Saxon Palace Flats
Saxon Post Office Other
Skating rink Other
Sochaczew Other
Sokołowo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Staszic Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Strzyżew Manors / Palaces / Castles
Szafarnia Manors / Palaces / Castles
Toruń Other
Turzno Manors / Palaces / Castles
Ugoszcz Manors / Palaces / Castles
‘U Brzezińskiej’ Coffeehouses
Viceroy's Palace Appearances
Vilnius (Wileński) Hotel Hotels / Inns
Visitandine Church of St Joseph Churches / Places of worship
Waplewo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Warsaw Other
Warsaw Charitable Society Appearances
Warsaw Conservatory Appearances
‘Wiejska Kawa’ Coffeehouses
Wieliczka Other
Wojciech Żywny’s apartment Flats
Wola Tollhouse Other
Wrocław Appearances
Żelazowa Wola Flats
Żychlin Manors / Palaces / Castles